Captain Eaves’ suicide leaves troubling questions about Sheriff’s Office administration: “They failed him miserably”

Sheriff’s Captain Randy Eaves.

Conroe, March 5 – The self-inflicted death of Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Captain Randy Eaves has raised questions and criticism among the law enforcement community about the closed nature of Sheriff Rand Henderson’s administration at the top level. “They failed him miserably,” a ranking member in the Sheriff’s Office told The Golden Hammer on the condition of anonymity. “Hopefully, Sheriff Henderson will learn from his mistakes with respect to this situation to make the Sheriff’s Office stronger and more accessible to its employees.”

Although many officers in the Sheriff’s Office may disagree, this newspaper does not believe that it’s fair to blame the Sheriff, his Chief Deputy, or his Leadership Team for Captain Eaves’ death. Eaves obviously experienced many problems outside of his professional circumstances within the Sheriff’s Office. Nevertheless, numerous peace officers within the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office have severely criticized the insular nature of the top-level Sheriff’s Executive Office for the difficulty with which rank-and-file officers have had in communicating with them.

Captain Eaves was leading the Law Enforcement Support Division, which includes Communications Division, Radio Shop, Fleet Operations and Facility Maintenance. Eaves started as a Reserve Deputy for Montgomery County in June 1989 when he volunteered more than twenty hours per week for 2 years before starting full time as a jailer. Eaves worked in the Jail, Patrol, Narcotics Interdiction, and Auto Theft as a Detective then Sergeant. As a Sergeant he was assigned to the Fleet Operations division to bring the Mobile Data Computers online in the patrol vehicles, then on to Lieutenant leading the Fleet Operations Division. He worked with the Communications Division on the startup of the current Radio Shop. Eaves was instrumental in implementing the Montgomery County Tow Policy and in 2007 received the Meritorious Service Award for that task. Eaves held a Master Peace Officer Certification, Master Jailer Certification and other certifications and honors.

Last week, Captain Eaves threatened suicide over a family matter. When he made the threat last week, the Sheriff’s Office responded to his residence at which time they took him for a professional evaluation and released him shortly thereafter.

During this past week, after a marital separation, he was living in his motor home at the KOA RV Park on State Highway 105 West in Montgomery. Eaves had placed many unanswered calls to the upper level administration of the Sheriff’s Office, including the Sheriff and Chief Deputy to inquire regarding the status of his employment.

Yesterday morning a Sheriff’s Deputy did a welfare check on Captain Eaves at his motor home and found him deceased. On orders from the upper level administration, there were to be no marked patrol units allowed to respond to the scene, as unmarked vehicles only were to go there. Several current employees of the Sheriff’s Office have contacted the tipline of The Golden Hammer to complain that the upper level administration of the Sheriff’s Office attempted to downplay the situation and not draw any negative perception of the Sheriff’s Office.

At 10:59 a.m. this morning, Sheriff Henderson released the following statement internally to the Sheriff’s Office’s employees.

Subject: Passing of Captain Eaves

MCSO Family,

Today we are mourning the death of Captain Randy Eaves – and we will be for some time. Randy made the decision to take his own life yesterday. A decision that we are all struggling with as there are always more questions than good answers in matters like these. But know this – Randy was a good man, he was loved, he was a great friend, and an excellent father. Randy was at a difficult juncture in his life and was having to figure out his next steps, however his role and his job with us was not in question. Captain Randy Eaves was on this team, period.

In the next few days I will be sharing funeral arrangements with all of you. This is a difficult time for all of us and I encourage you to lean on each other for strength. Should you need to talk to someone, please reach out to Chaplain Evans, Chaplain Toliver, Chaplain Gonzales or any member of our CIRT Team.

Just know that we will get through this as a family. We will honor Randy’s memory by building upon this tragedy to become stronger. We will persevere.

Rand

Rand Henderson, Sheriff
Montgomery County Sheriff’s
Office
#1 Criminal Justice Dr
Conroe, TX 77301

Sheriff Henderson was unavailable for a comment when this newspaper called his office.

 

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