Harris County has a new sheriff

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HARRIS COUNTY - County commissioners named long-time precinct 4 constable Ron Hickman the new interim sheriff. He replaces Adrian Garcia who stepped down last week to start a campaign for mayor of Houston.

County leaders formally swore Hickman in to his new post Tuesday, just minutes after the unanimous vote electing him. Hickman has a long history in law enforcement here in Houston.

According to the precinct 4 website, Hickman started as a cadet with the Houston Police Department in 1971. He served in a variety of roles with the department including nearly 10 years as a search and recovery diver and time with the bomb squad. Hickman has served as constable since 2001. He was quick to embrace information technology during his tenure, creating a consolidated system to link law enforcement databases.

Now, he is ready to tackle the job of sheriff, saying, "I've been trying to tie law enforcement together in our region. And there's only so much i can do as constable."

The appointment comes in the wake of controversy at the jail, including firings and suspensions related to an inmate living in filthy conditions.

Hickman seems to have the support of much of the Houston law enforcement community.