On May 12, 2015, Ron Hickman was appointed Harris County Sheriff by County Judge Ed Emmett. At the time of the appointment Hickman was serving as Harris County Constable Precinct 4. The Sheriff’s position became vacant when pro sanctuary cities Sheriff Adrian Garcia resigned to launch a failed bid for Houston mayor.
The appointment was baffling. All indications pointed to the probable appointment of State Rep. Allen Fletcher. Fletcher, former law enforcement, raised the speculation when he announced he wasn’t going to run for another Austin term. After he was passed over for the sheriff’s positon, Fletcher called an audible and decided to turn his attention to a private security company.
After assuming office, deeper research went into the previously unheralded Hickman. The fact that he had political associations with Uber Straus-ian State Rep. Patricia Harless (R-Spring RER59) drew a line to a horrible discovery.
On February 19, 2004, Constable’s Deputy F. Scott Claborn was killed when a drunk driver slammed into his patrol car at an estimated 100+ mph. The driver was one Donald Lee Fincher, Jr., the nephew of Harless.
The family of Claborn has stated that Hickman gave them personal assurances that he would see to it that justice would be served and they would receive closure. However, Hickman did the opposite by attempting to convince the court that Fincher was not worthy of jail time. The court rebuffed the effort and Fincher was sentenced to four years for vehicular manslaughter.
But. Hickman and Harless are tight friends. Therefore, 17 months later after Hickman submitted a letter to the parole board, Fincher walked out of jail into what was supposed to be the babysitting care of the Harris County Constable’s Office Precinct Four.
This story first hit the MSM in 2008 when Claborn’s widow was awarded $5.1 million in a civil law suit against Fincher. When the attorneys for the Claborn’s requested that Hickman testify in the trial on behalf of his slain deputy, he declined citing his close relationship with the Fincher family, which includes Harless. That’s when the Hickman letters were discovered. Read the Original Chron.com Story from 2008
The fact that this was known since 2008, brings up another troubling component to the story. Harris County Judge Ed Emmett had to know about the death of Claborn and all the aspects of the case. Why would he appoint such a stained peace officer to the highest law enforcement position in the county and give him the advantage of incumbency going into an anticipated fiery primary? Now, Emmett’s character and/or judgment needs to be called into question.
The sickest irony of sick ironies? Here’s a quote from Ron Hickman’s campaign website:
“ALL LIVES MATTER. YOU CAN TAKE THAT TO THE BANK.”
– RON HICKMAN, HARRIS COUNTY SHERIFF, 2016 Campaign Website
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