Chief Deputy Taylor "Clay" Barton is a Kerrville native. He is married and has three daughters.

Chief Barton started his career in law enforcement as a dispatcher with the Kerr County Sheriff's Office in early 1981 and became the Assistant Jailer. Chief Barton became a Deputy Sheriff in 1982 and was sworn in by his farther, Robert R. Barton, who was 216th Judicial District Judge.

Chief Barton became a warrant deputy with the responsibility of serving felony and misdemeanor warrants, transporting prisoners, and taking prisoners to court proceedings.

Leaving the Sheriff's Office in December of 1985, Chief Barton worked some assignments through the 198th Judicial District attorney's Office.

In January 1988, Chief Barton was asked by 216th Judicial District Attorney Bruce Curry to be a narcotics investigator for the 216th Judicial District Narcotics Task Force. Chief Barton was an investigator until he became Assistant Commander in September of 2000.

During this time Chief Barton received numerous commendations from the Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Texas, for assistance in working narcotic investigations. In 1998, Chief Barton was named the 1996/1997 Local Law Enforcement Officer of the year by U.S. Attorney, Western District of Texas, William Blagg.

Chief Barton was Assistant Commander until coming back to work for the Kerr County Sheriff's Office as Chief Deputy at the request of longtime friend Sheriff W.R. "Rusty" Hierholzer on October 1, 2003. Chief Barton was again administered the Oath of Office by his father, Senior District Judge Robert Barton.

Chief Barton maintains a Masters Peace Officer, Jailer, and Telecommunications Operator certificates from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education.


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