Image: This family photograph perfectly personifies Montgomery County Sheriff Rand Henderson, the Power Top Ten #6, who appears with his wonderful family.
Eric Yollick, Guest Reporter to The Golden Hammer
Montgomery County, December 4 – Montgomery County Sheriff Rand Henderson is the sixth most powerful person in Montgomery County and is The Golden Hammer‘s Power Top Ten #6. Two years ago he was #8. Last year Henderson was #7. Those improvements are far from serendipitous. They reflect the maturity of leadership Sheriff Henderson has brought to his job as Sheriff, which he began on January 1, 2017.
The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper, continues the tradition of listing the Power Top Ten, the ten most powerful people in Montgomery County. The Power Top Ten doesn’t commemorate the ten best people in Montgomery County necessarily, but the most powerful people who are actually able to accomplish political or policy goals. In other words, he or she can get things done in Montgomery County.
So far, The Golden Hammer has named four other people in the Power Top Ten:
#7, Bobby Jack Adams, civil engineer and Halff Associates Regional Vice President who presides over the “deep state” of vendors who control many of the decisions within the Montgomery County government.
#8, Quadvest President and property rights advocate Simon Sequeira.
#9, Conservative Republican activist and Party Official Jon Bouche.
#10, Conroe Independent School District Superintendent Curtis Null.
#6: Montgomery County Sheriff Rand Henderson
In last year’s Power Top Ten article where this newspaper named Sheriff Rand Henderson #7 in the Power Top Ten, the discussion focused on Henderson’s very rough year, 2018, within the Sheriff’s Office.
Two years ago, The Golden Hammer named Henderson as #8 in the Power Top Ten and concluded the article, “If Henderson could eschew the politics (and [corrupt local political boss Marc] Davenport), he could be one of the great Sheriffs in Montgomery County’s history. As the leader of more than one-third of the personnel of the Montgomery County government, he most certainly can already accomplish a lot.”
The filing period for Henderson’s re-election has just ended on December 9. No one filed to run against the Sheriff in the Republican Primary Election despite years of rumors and genuine discussion, especially among the Sheriff’s Office patrol officers that “someone needs to run against Rand.” The reason that didn’t happen reflects the wisdom and genuine self-assessment Sheriff Henderson has brought to his leadership of the Montgomery County government’s largest and most important Department.
Last year, Henderson paid a dear price for his decision to install political appointees who had been instrumental to his 2016 election into leadership positions within the Sheriff’s Office. Many of those individuals were not appropriate officers in leadership in law enforcement, which requires gravity with loving care towards the community.
Henderson, however, has risen to the task of improving the circumstances of the patrol officers, making certain that they know he appreciates them, and showing a genuine concern for the jobs all of the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office perform. The Sheriff took a very serious crisis of his own making and led out of it.
There’s another important manner in which Sheriff Henderson has shown great leadership: in his dealings with the Commissioners Court. The Montgomery County Commissioners Court often seems like five petulant primates all demanding the same banana.
Nevertheless, Sheriff Henderson has shown a maturity towards law enforcement matters which the members of the Commissioners Court would rather devolve into politics and self-congratulation. He’s made clear that he has read, understands, and believes political philosophy. Authors such as Max Weber and John Locke did not waste their pens on Rand Henderson. It appears that the Sheriff has come to understand over the past two years the difference between positive chaos (such as President Donald Trump or a methodology of this newspaper) and anarchy, which is what existed at the commencement of Locke’s “state of nature.”
Sheriff Henderson has shown much more concern for individual civil rights and the meaning of the Constitution of Texas and of the United States than the precipitators on the Commissioners Court.
Rand Henderson is well on his way to becoming one of the great Sheriff’s in Montgomery County’s history. He’s using his mind and applying his own political skills to the complexity of managing just under three thousand people.
Sheriff Rand Henderson is truly getting the job done.