Schleicher County Sheriff David R. Doran
Schleicher County Sheriff David R. Doran

Schleicher County Sheriff David Doran told Schleicher County Commissioners on Monday, November 4th that he will not seek another term in the 2020 election.

Doran took office as sheriff in 1996 when he was appointed to finish the last few months of Sheriff Richard Harris’ term after Harris pleaded guilty to theft and resigned from office. Doran was then elected in his own right in November of 1996 and has worn the Sheriff’s badge ever since.

Doran released the following statement after advising the county commissioners of his intent not to run again.

“I am officially announcing that I will not be seeking re-election for the office of Sheriff, after serving a total of 32 years as a law enforcement officer and 24 of those years as an elected sheriff.

“It has been my great honor and privilege to serve the citizens of Schleicher County.

“I want to publicly thank my loyal supporters who elected me to six consecutive terms.

“I also want to acknowledge and thank Schleicher County Commissioner’s Court, elected officials and county employees for the wonderful working relationship that has been established over the years.

“Most of all I want to thank God for his protection, guidance and wisdom that he has imparted on me throughout my career, and of course, for blessing me with a wife who has not only been supportive, but has also been an anchor during the storms that are affiliated with being a Peace Officer.”

Doran served as sheriff through one the tumultuous years when the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a polygamous cult from Utah, purchased and built a small town on the former Red Cheek Ranch, about five miles north of Eldorado on CR 300.

Following the convictions of FLDS Prophet Warren Jeffs and several of his lieutenants, and the state’s seizure of the YFZ Ranch, Doran was tasked with providing security at the 1,691- acre property, while maintaining the ranch’s infrastructure.

When the ranch sold earlier this year to a company called ETG LLC, proceeds from the $4.6 million sale were used to reimburse Schleicher County’s expenses to the tune of $374,840. After the state’s expenses were reimbursed, the remainder of the sale price was divided between state agencies and the Schleicher County Sheriff’s Department.

Doran notes that his office received $753,315 and said that he was pleased that he will be able to turn over to his successor a Sheriff’s Department that is in sound financial condition.