Jefferson County’s Historic New Sheriff
Swept to victory amidst a dramatic election year, newly elected Sheriff Zena Stephens has taken the reins of a department of more than 400 people and a budget of $40 million in Southeast Texas, undeterred by a hate incident attacking her campaign office nearly a year ago. Texas Monthly sat down with the first black woman to hold the title of sheriff in the state (and one of only two currently elected in the country) to discuss her career, challenges in police-community relations, and her strategic vision for her new role.
“She’s the Sheriff” (Texas Monthly | January 2017)
- “Making history: Zena Stephens sworn in as Jefferson County Sheriff” (KBMT | January 2017)
- “Zena Stephens takes the oath as Jefferson County Sheriff and makes history” (KDFM | January 2017)
- “Houston Area County Elects First Black Woman Sheriff” (NBC 5 DFW | November 2016)
- “Texas Candidate Zena Stephens’ Office Shot in Apparent Racial Attack” (NBC News | March 2016)
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