Grimes County’s own Sheriff Don Sowell is now an award winning Sheriff.
Sheriff Sowell and company were at the Sheriff”s Conference last week, when Swell was honored with the Tom Tellepsen Award.
The Tellepsen Award is the highest of tributes to the Sheriff who is selected as its recipient. The selection criterion includes the recognition of outstanding contributions to the advancement of law enforcement and criminal justice and honors more than ability and performance. The recipient must additionally have demonstrated the human element that engraves their name in the hearts of all the law enforcement community, and a genuine love of the profession.
The award, first given in 1975, is named in honor of the late Tom Tellepsen, a native of Norway, who became a staunch and patriotic American.
The Award consists of a plaque and $2,500 from the Tellepsen family on behalf of the Tellepsen Foundation.