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About Ray Nolen

My name is Ray Nolen and I’m currently a Major with the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office. I am a conservative and have worked for the Sheriff’s Office preserving our constitutional rights and keeping our streets safe for you for over 30 years and I’m now running for the office of Galveston County SHERIFF.
I am a resident of League City and have been married to my wife Michelle for 15 years and together we have three children and four grandchildren.
Prior to joining the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office as a Reserve Deputy in 1991 where I rose to the rank of Reserve Major over a period of 27 years, my interest in public safety began when I was 17 years old by joining a local Medical Explorers Post and later becoming a volunteer firefighter for the La Porte Fire Department.
I began my professional public safety career in March of 1987 at the age of 21 serving for the City of La Porte - Emergency Medical Service as a paramedic. There, I was later appointed to the rank of Assistant Chief in 1990 and remained at that rank for 14 years until my promotion to the rank of Chief in May of 2004. I retired as Chief of EMS in May of 2019 after 32 years of service to accept a full-time position as the Patrol Division Commander for the Galveston County Sheriff's Office as a Captain.
In April of 2021 I was promoted to the rank of Major over the Criminal Law Enforcement Bureau which includes the divisions of Patrol, Warrant, Criminal Investigations, Special Operations, Marine and the agencies Comptroller.

I attended San Jacinto College for my Emergency Medical Services training, University of Houston for my Law Enforcement credentials and later completed the prestigious Certified Public Manager Graduate Program through Sam Houston State University.
Currently I serve as a board member for the College of the Mainland – Police Academy Program as well as the Galveston County Crisis Incident Stress Management Team. Additionally, I’ve served as a Rotary Club President and a Heritage Society President.
Since becoming full-time with the Sheriff’s Office, I have:
I’m running to be your Sheriff so together we can address our rising mental health and substance abuse epidemic, our increase in crime stemming from liberal policies and drug & gang activity, continuing the fight to keep our border secure, and work hard on reducing our law enforcement staffing shortages with innovative recruiting and retention practices.
With your support, I will be your sheriff and I promise to serve with integrity, commitment, and respect.

32+ Years of Experience

Grants Secured by Ray Nolen

Successfully applied for and was awarded grant funding totaling over $4.6 Million
$40K Annually

DWI STEP Programs

To target impaired drivers throughout the county

Body Worn Cameras

Over 250 BWC’s are now worn by every uniformed deputy, including Constable deputies, to promote better accountability, transparency, and lower use of force incidents

Operation Lone Star

State of Texas funding to assist with South Texas Border security in Kinney County for needed compensation and equipment.
$43K Annually

Project Safe Neighborhoods

State of Texas funding to support our newly formed DART Team in reducing Gang & Drug crime

Deployment Kits

State of Texas funding to provide 240 1st Aid Kits to all field deputies

Ballistic Rifle Shields

State of Texas funding to provide 204 deputies throughout the county with Ballistic Rifle Shields.


I am proud to be endorsed by the following
Troy Nehls, US Congressman from Texas and former Sheriff Fort Bend County (2013-2021) VIDEO

Troy Nehls

US Congressman Before I entered congress I served as Sheriff of Fort Bend County. I know what it takes to successfully run the department, that the county relies on for our public safety. And thats why I proudly endorse Ray Nolen to be the next Sheriff of Galveston County. I spent the majority of my career in law enforcement as a first responder just like Ray. In fact Ray rose to the rank of major in the Galveston County Sheriff's Office and oversees patrol, criminal investigations, special operations, and the marine division. Major Nolen has the endorsement of the current Sheriff of Galveston County as well as the two previous sheriffs. Election Day is March 5th, Early voting begins February 20th. Lets make Major Ray Nolen the next Sheriff of Galveston County.
Sheriff Henry Trochesset Galveston County Texas 2013-2023 VIDEO

Henry Trochesset

Sheriff (2013-2023), Galveston County Having worked with Major Ray Nolen for over 32 years, I truely believe that Ray's knowledge and experience make him the most qualified person to be the next Galveston County Sheriff. Ray is the epitome of profressionalism, integrity and honesty and I believe he will take the Sheriff's office to the next level of excellence. I simply ask that you consider joining me in supporting Ray Nolen for Sheriff in 2024!
David Donaldson Clear Lake Shores Police Chief

David Donaldson

Police Chief, Clear Lake Shores I am writing to share my endorsement for Ray Nolen as the next Sheriff. After conducting thorough due diligence and careful consideration, it has become evident to me that Ray Nolen possesses the necessary experience and leadership qualities to take the sheriff's office to new heights.

While I have known candidate J. Fullen for decades, my decision to endorse Ray Nolen is purely based on professional considerations. It is important to prioritize the individual who can best lead and bring positive change to the sheriff's office.

I must admit, however that I am disappointed by the lack of open dates without prewritten quetsions. Such debates could provide much needed clarity and potentially be a game changer in the election process. It is my hope that in the future, we can witness more spontaneous and unscripted discussions that truely allow candidates to showcase their ideas and perspectives.

Thank you for taking the time to read my endorsement letter. I believe that Ray Nolen's experience and dedication make him the ideal candidate for sheriff, and I hope you will consider supporting him as well.
Clear Lake Shores Police Officers Association

Clear Lake Shores Police Officers Association

Police Department Association The Clear Lake Shores Police Officers Association is pleased to formally announce its endorsement of Ray Nolen for the position of Sheriff of Galveston County. Our endorsement underscores the careful deliberation and thorough evaluation our association has undertaken in considering the candidates. In contrast to other endorsements that may not have undergone the same rigorous vetting process, our association remains steadfast in its commitment to thorough examination and independent decision-making. We urge other associations to similarly reevaluate their endorsements in light of all available information. Our endorsement of Ray Nolen reflects not only our collective confidence in his candidacy but also our dedication to upholding the highest standards of professionalism within law enforcement. As guardians of public safety, we stand united in support of a candidate whom we believe will effectively represent the interests of Galveston County. The Clear Lake Shores Police Officers Association reaffirms its dedication to informed decision-making and the principles of law enforcement.
Freddie Poor Sheriff Galveston County Texas 2009-2012 VIDEO

Freddie Poor

Sheriff (2009-2012), Galveston County I am supporting Ray Nolen for the position of Sheriff of Galveston County. He is a dedicated public servant who has worked for the Sheriff's office for 32 years. He has performed functions in all divisions of the Sheriff's office. He is familar with the policies and procedures. He will make a great sheriff. I have enjoyed working with him.
Gene Leonard Jr Sheriff Galveston County Texas 2001-2008 VIDEO

Gene Leonard Jr.

Sheriff (2001-2008), Galveston County I Support Ray Nolen because he is the most qualified candidate in every sense of the word in terms of education, prepardness, loyalty, dedication to law enforcement and public service in general. I am simply a citizen now that sees a need for the best service we can get. Thats what we always wanted. Thats what we'll get from Ray Nolen.
Brian Hawthorne Sheriff Chambers County

Brian Hawthorne

Sheriff, Chambers County TX Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne, has officially endorsed my campaign!
Tim Miller Galveston County Texas

Tim Miller

Businessman, Galveston County
Ken Adcox Police Chief UTMB VIDEO

Ken Adcox

Police Chief, UTMB Ray has the strongest moral compass of any man I have ever met. He just does the right thing, even if it doesn't workout personally for him, he just does the right thing.
Texas State Rep Terri Leo Wilson

Terri Leo Wilson

Texas State Rep, District 23 I join Sheriff Trochesset, along with our two previous retired sheriffs, in my support for Major Ray Nolen for Galveston County Sheriff. Ray Nolen is a dedicated law enforcement professional with an impressive career spanning over three decades in protecting and serving his community. With his wealth of experience, unwavering dedication, and impressive track record, Major Nolen is best to serve. He is committed to upholding the values of integrity, professionalism, and public safety. Ray Nolen is the only candidate with experience in investigative criminal law enforcement.
Ron Wrobleski Police Chief League City (retired)

Ron Wrobleski

Police Chief (1983-1989), League City In a few days, absentee voting for the primary political races will begin. Among the choices to be made will be who is to be the next Sheriff of Galveston County. The Galveston County Sheriff's Office is comprised of nearly 500 personnel and many technical and specialized departments. As a retired police chief with 40 years of experience, I can tell you that management of an organization of that size and complexity requires someone with knowledge, skills and experience in such an organization. It is not a place for beginners, on-the-job learners, or someone with little management experience in a comparable organization. Major Ray Nolen is that person. His lengthy employment with the Galveston Sheriff’s Office entails holding management positions in various capacities. Currently he serves as head of several departments within the organization including the patrol division. Don’t be fooled by high profile politicians voicing support for a candidate. Friendship does not equate to skills and abilities. It is the candidate who will be doing the job…not their friends. Our continued safety is dependent on someone with demonstrated leadership skills, knowledge of the organization, lengthy management experience, and a hand on the pulse of the communities served. When you vote, I hope you will join me in choosing Ray Nolen to be the next head of the Galveston County Sheriff’s Department.
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