Hereford has been the county seat of Deaf Smith County since 1898. Most
County offices which are housed in the white marble court house, built
in 1910, serve a population of 19,061. The County Judge presides over
a board of four county commissioners who are elected to rotating four-year
terms. The Commissioners' Court meets every second and fourth Monday of
the month to dispense county business.
Deaf Smith County Sheriff's Department covers the entire 1,750 square
miles of the county with eleven field officers, one sheriff, one narcotics
officer, and 10 reserve deputies. An office deputy and five communications
center operators dispatch deputies and Department of Public Safety officers
to all areas of the county outside the city limits. The county jail is
supervised by nineteen corrections officers. All sheriff's deputies and
officers are certified through the Texas Commission of Law Enforcement
Officers Standards and Education.
Hereford operates under a council-manager form of government. The mayor
and six councilmen are elected to rotating two-year terms. The professional
city manager is appointed by the mayor and council. The day-to-day business
operations and municipal administration is performed by the city manager
and supporting staff. The city council meets every first and third Monday
of the month.
HEREFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT
The Hereford Police Department is organized into three different departments:
- Administration - Police Chief and Captain
- Patrol Division - Lieutenant of Patrol and 18 officers who work in 3
- Detective Division - Three detectives
- Communication Division - Five communication center operators who handle
all incoming calls and dispatch all emergency care providers including
EMS ambulances, fire department, and police officers.
This division operates the 911 center for Deaf Smith County. All officers
are certified through the Texas Commission of Law Enforcement Officers
Standards and Education. The police department offers several community
education programs concerning law enforcement and safety, including fingerprinting
young children to aid in finding them in the event they are missing or
HEREFORD FIRE DEPARTMENT
The Hereford Fire Department is composed of two paid positions (one Fire
Marshall and one maintenance person) and twenty-four volunteer firefighters.
All volunteer firefighters are required to attend training and gain a
state certification. Some training is offered locally while other training
requires firefighters to attend the Texas A&M University Fire Training
School in College Station, Texas. Excellent training and equipment has
earned Hereford Fire Department an ISO rating of 4 - equal to that of
many professional fire departments. Local firefighters will answer an
average of 400 emergency, rescue, and fire calls per year.