Image: Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon (right) eagerly began his third term as the community’s chief prosecutor when 9th District Judge Phil Grant (left) administered the Oath of Office shortly after midnight on Friday, January 1, 2021.
The Golden Hammer Staff Reports
Conroe, January 4- 9th District Judge Phil Grant swore in Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon soon after midnight on Friday, January 1, 2021, in the Courtroom of the 9th Judicial District in Conroe. Ligon, his wife Shannon, and their children attended the middle-of-the-night ceremony.
Ligon said, “I’m grateful for the opportunity to continue to help make Montgomery County the greatest county in the State to work, live and raise a family in.”
Ligon’s official biography follows:
“He began his career as an entry level college intern with the Brazos County District Attorney’s Office, and later as a jailer in the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department. After receiving his degree from the South Texas College of Law, he became an Assistant District Attorney with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. While at the District Attorney’s office he was a misdemeanor and felony prosecutor and Chief of the Justice of the Peace Division. He left the District Attorney’s office to become staff counsel for the Houston Police Officers’ Union. In 2008, he was elected as the District Attorney of Montgomery County. Brett was re-elected in 2012 and 2016.
“Since being elected District Attorney, Brett has committed to helping Montgomery County lose the title of the Deadliest Roadways in Texas by focusing on Driving While Intoxicated offenses and continued enforcement of the TxDOT No Refusal Program. Brett established a Public Integrity Division as well as other specialized divisions within the office for increased effectiveness. He is also heavily committed to removing dangerous violent offenders from the community.
“Brett has also focused intently on crimes committed against children and our most vulnerable populations. He has increased personnel and resources to prosecuting sexual and physical assault offenses against children and has expanded county-wide efforts to catch online sexual predators with the Internet Crimes against Children Taskforce.”
One of the primary changes Ligon has made to the District Attorney’s Office has been the development and hiring of an Investigation Division comprised of full-time peace officers who work directly for the District Attorney as opposed to working in traditional law enforcement agencies, such as the Sheriff’s Office or local police departments. The District Attorney Office website describes the Investigation Divison as follows:
“The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office Investigation Division is comprised of fifteen sworn peace officers. The investigative staff is primarily responsible to the trial court prosecutors but also serves a multitude of other functions within the office. These roles would include serving in the Intake Division, being assigned to Children’s Safe Harbor, Investigating Internet Crimes Against Children, White Collar/Fraud, Environmental Crime Investigation, and Major Offenders. In addition to their regular daily work assignments, certain Investigators are call-responsive regarding vehicular crime, homicide, officer involved shootings, and warrant service. District Attorney Investigators are a professional group of individuals who take great pride in their proactive approach to law enforcement within Montgomery County.”
Other elected representatives took the Oath of Office during a ceremony at the Montgomery County Convention Center at noon on Friday, January 1.