Leader Feature/Chris Pounds

By: Sarah Childers

Here at visitcomanchecountytx.com, we are continuing our series of what we are calling “Leader Features.” This is the third community leader feature encompassing as to what makes Comanche County, Texas so special to them. The first of the series was from the Mayor of Comanche, Texas, Mary Boyd. The second of the series was from the Comanche County Constable, Mark McDonald.

Now, we would like to introduce you to the Sheriff of Comanche County as of Nov 1st, 2019, Chris Pounds.

I was able to converse with him for a brief moment concerning his love for the County. 

Below is what transpired from the conversation….. 

Can you tell me a bit about yourself, where you are from, and what made you choose the career path you have taken?

Homegrown!  Born and raised on the Pounds Family Farm that our family has called home since 1886.  I am the 5th generation to have the opportunity to own this land.  My forefathers and I have raised cattle, watermelons, cantaloupes, cotton, and peanuts. 

My younger years I had the privilege to run around with my Grandfather who instilled the way of the old timer.  With the core of it being common sense. During those years, we did as most and depended on farming peanuts. Working the land was challenging. Dedication and work was driven and sometimes pounded into me.  I wouldn’t trade my young farm family upbringing for the most prestigious college in the world. 

Throughout growing up, our home was a rest stop for many missionaries passing through on support trips.  Many who had never been on a farm, or others that were raised on one and left. I was able to experience stories from other nationalities and cultures and share our humble way of the farm.

Growing up, I had the opportunity to participate in Stock Shows and have passed that activity on to my children. Even though we are not the best, we are proud to be able to say that our projects are raised from our herd that my Grandfather started in the mid 80’s.

Though my passion and life course has changed, there is still a part of my soul deep in the land.   

There were two law enforcement men who have influenced my decision to go into law enforcement.  One is an older cousin who I have always admired, and followed his career as a Texas Ranger, and the other being my grandfather, Houston Dawkins.  My Grandfather was a Police Officer and Chief for the City of Deleon in the 1960’s. Though he never told me stories of his career, I have heard several stories from family and friends.  I believe my passion for law enforcement is due to the ability to help others. Even though I was scoffed at my first interview, this it is still true 19 years later. Every path in Law Enforcement is about help and service to others whether they want it or not. 

In my career field, folks generally don’t call when they are having a good day.  Our response is due to a crime, incident, or loss. To thrive in law enforcement, it must be a passion and calling.  Though I have to endure some of the worst in humanity, my drive is resolved because sometimes it puts me in a position to get to experience the best in humanity.  The true caring and giving when no one is looking. 

Photo By: Damia Partin

What is your favorite thing about the county?

Throughout my career I have had the opportunity to visit, participate and work in most all the activities in Comanche County.  The big ones like the Peach and Melon Festival and Tractor Pull, the Comanche County Pow Wow, and Deleon, Comanche, and Gustine Rodeos.  

All of which are built and based on our most valuable resources which are our small town feelings, atmosphere, and close knit communities. 

This concluded the interview between myself and Mr. Pounds.. 

I do want you to know that usually, there would be some sort of finishing statement or quote from me to complete an article. In this instance, I was left speechless ( trust me, that rarely happens.)

The only thing that I can conclude with would be that I completely agree with him. Small town feelings, atmosphere, and close knit communities are our most valuable resources and they need to be maintained, protected, and cherished. 

Until Next Time,

Sarah Childers