Rural Central Texas sheriff, 2 deputies resign leaving department at half-staff

(San Saba County Jail)
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SAN SABA, Texas (KWTX) A Central Texas Sheriff and two deputies have resigned leaving the sheriff’s office with just three deputies.

San Saba County Judge Byron Theodosis confirmed Wednesday that Sheriff Matthew L. Boswell resigned Tuesday morning when commissioners also accepted the resignation of two other deputies.

He confirmed Chief Dep. Chief Deputy Jeff Dunlop and Senior Deputy Eric Bachelor called him and asked to meet with me on Friday.

It was during that meeting that both men said they were stepping down after having a disagreement with Boswell.

With their resignations in hand, Theodosis was able to get the actions placed on the commissioner’s agenda.

During the meeting Tuesday, Boswell also tendered his resignation and told the court, “He felt he would function better if he was boots on the ground.”

He also thanked the court for the opportunity to serve.

With the three resignations, the Sheriff’s Office is operating at half-staff, but Theodosis said that would not impact law enforcement coverage across the county.

“We feel confident that law enforcement will continue without interruption and thank the surrounding agencies that are so gracious to help us,” Theodosis said.

The judge said the Texas Department of Public Safety, Mills County and the police from the city of San Saba will help fill-in coverage gaps until the department is full-staff again.

Last year, KWTX reported the jail was facing closure for not meeting state standards.

The jail, built in 1884 is the oldest operating jailhouse in the nation.

In 2017, the state ordered the third floor of the jail, which has three cells, closed down last year after an inspection revealed parts of the floor were collapsing.

The county has made no repairs since the state’s last inspection and Theodosis said they still continue to operate as a holding facility before inmates are transferred to another jail.

The judge said they hope to fill Boswell’s unexpired term at a meeting on July 9.