Former deputy announces for sheriff in GOP primary
Kouba, now a resident of Thorndale, said he filed an appointment of a campaign treasurer with the county clerk’s office April 26 and met with the county GOP chair the next day to announce his intention to run as a Republican.
Incumbent Sheriff David Greene, who defeated Kouba in the 2008 Democratic Primary, has recently changed to the Republican Party.
“I made the personal decision to join the Republican Party based on my core conservative beliefs and social values. I believe we need to restore fiscal accountability, traditional law enforcement values and more efficient management in the Milam County Sheriff’s Office, and that is my commitment to all voters of the county,” Kouba said.
Kouba served Milam County for over 17 years as a deputy sheriff, criminal investigator, county jail administrator and finally as chief deputy sheriff.
He is currently training coordinator with the Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office.
Kouba holds a master peace officer certificate and an advanced jailer certificate from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.
“I was instrumental in forming the Milam County CrimeStoppers program and the Milam County Sheriff’s Office Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program,” he said.
“Retirement is not on my horizon and I will not be an ‘8 to 5’ sheriff,” he said.
The 2012 Republican Primary will be held March 6.