Sheriff Byron A. Lyons started his career in law enforcement in 1986 working in the Polk County jail. In 1989 he enrolled in the Deep East Texas Police Academy in Kilgore Texas. In August of 1989 he was placed on patrol after successfully completing Kilgore Police Academy. In May of 1990 he was hired by the Livingston Police Department as a patrolman. In September 2001 he was hired as a Felony Investigator by the Polk County District Attorney's Office. In 2005 he was asked by Sheriff Kenneth Hammack to be his Chief Deputy. In 2020 he ran for Sheriff and won the election and on January 1st 2021 he was sworn in as the new Sheriff of Polk County.
Chief Deputy Rickie Childers started his career in Law Enforcement in 1996 when he attended the Angelina College Police Academy in Lufkin Texas. In February of 1997 he began working for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office as a Patrol Deputy. In January of 2001 he was promoted to Detective, December of 2005 promoted to Lieutenant Detective, and in March of 2007 promoted to Captain over the Criminal Investigations Division of the Sheriff’s Office. In November of 2019, he took over as Captain of Law Enforcement which included Patrol, CID, Narcotics, Courthouse Security and Dispatch. In November of 2020, Byron Lyons was elected as the new Sheriff of Polk County with the retirement of Sheriff Kenneth Hammack. I was then asked by Sheriff Lyons to be his Chief Deputy beginning January 1, 2021.