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Title: 1st Assistant City Manager
Steve Griffith, is a Houston area native and a 35-year law enforcement veteran. He came to the City of Sugar Land as the Chief of Police in August of 2005. Steve was promoted in 2014 to 1st Assistant City Manager for the City of Sugar Land. He oversees Police, Fire, Public Safety Communications, and Airport.
Prior to his employment with the City of Sugar Land, Griffith was instrumental in the design, and was executive director for two years of the ALERRT Center (Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response training) at Texas State University in San Marcos. Among his prior positions, Griffith was police chief in the cities of West University Place and San Marcos, and he also served with the Bellaire Police Department and the University of Houston Central Campus Police.
Griffith was police chief for the City of San Marcos from 1998 to 2003; the City of West University from 1987 to 1998 and spent 8 years with the Bellaire Police Department, where he served in the positions of captain, lieutenant, patrol sergeant, and senior patrol officer. From 1976 until 1979, he was employed by the University of Houston as a patrol officer. Griffith earned a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Houston and a Master’s degree in criminal justice management from Sam Houston State University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the public executive institute at the University of Texas Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs. Griffith holds a master peace officer and instructor certificate and served as an adjunct criminal justice instructor at Texas State University. He is a member of the International Association of Chief of Police, the Texas Police Chief’s Association, Texas Police Association and Harris County Area Chief of Police Association. In late 2007, Griffith accepted a request by Governor Rick Perry to serve as a Commissioner on the Board of Commissioners for the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE).
Griffith is actively involved in the Sugar Land community. He serves on the Board of the Fort Bend Council on Substance Abuse as well as serving as 2010-2011 Treasurer. He also is a member of the Sugar Land Exchange Club. Griffith will serve as the 2010-2011 President Elect of Sugar Land Exchange Club and 2011-2012 President. He has been actively involved in the Texas Special Olympics for over 24 years.
He is the Former Area 4 Chair, as which he served 6 years. Revenue for Area 4 (Houston) reached over $100,000 for 4 years. Griffith served as State Director for the Torch Run for 2 years. During his tenure as State Director, he worked to integrate the State Prison System in to the Torch Run. While serving as State Director, the revenue generated by the Texas Torch Runners was $2 million annually. The Texas Torch Run received national awards for revenue growth and totals. Griffith served on the State Board of Directors for 10 years, including serving as the Chairman of the Board for 2 years. He is currently serving on the Board as a Torch Run representative.
He and his wife, Wendy, have two sons. Adam has completed his Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Texas State University. Tim has obtained his Master’s degree in Criminal Justice and is a police officer in Kyle, Texas.
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