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Richard Culbertson was the Jefferson County Sheriff of Texas from 1962 to 1988.  He began his law enforcement career in 1947 with the Texas Highway Patrol and left that agency in 1959 to become a safety engineer at Neches Butane.  Then in 1962, he was appointed as acting Sheriff of Jefferson County, when the former Sheriff Charles H. (Charley) Meyer was removed from office after the Texas State House Committee (James Commission) through hearings exposed law enforcement officers as accepting payoffs to protect gambling and prostitution operations in Beaumont and Port Arthur.  In 1965, Culbertson ran against Meyer and was elected Sheriff and then served in that official capacity for five more terms until 1988.  During his tenure as Sheriff, he oversaw the modernization of the Jefferson County crime lab, introduction of the SWAT team, and the construction of the addition to the Jefferson County courthouse and jail.  This collection consists of photographs, newspaper clipping scrapbooks, and assorted documentation that relate to his career as both law officer and Jefferson County Sheriff for the time period from 1959 to 1988.

 
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