Employee of the Month of January 2018

Jan 08, 2018

As the new year looms ahead with several new replacement deputies joining the ranks, Liberty County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Don Neyland announced that a thirteen year veteran of law enforcement, Investigator Josh Cummins, was selected as the January Employee of the month. Cummins who is assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division is a graduate of the Angelina College Police Academy class of August 2004 and presently hold a Masters rating with over 3,400 hours of various law enforcement schools to his credit. With his initial career starting with the Daisetta Police Department then on to the City of Liberty Police Department, he then moved on to the Sheriff’s Office where he now not only works many felony cases but is probably one of the most qualified instructors within the agency.


In his nomination for this prestigious monthly award one factor stood out among all others and that was the fact that among all the other hats that Cummins wears, he recently spearheaded the Sheriff’s Basic Police Academy class #130 that was sponsored by Galveston’s College of the Mainland. In addition to his many hours of studies in homicide investigations, blood stain pattern analysis and being a certified instructor in defensive tactics, firearms, baton training, less than lethal weapons and a SWAT member, his expertise in organizing, formulating and structuring the Sheriff’s Academy class was unequaled. This required many hours of securing instructors for the academy, record keeping on behalf of the College and the state’s Texas Commission On Law Enforcement and assuring the very high grade standards of the Cadets which was an almost unheard grade average of 89.75.

When ask if another Sheriff’s Academy was on the horizon, Cummins said that many factors would have to be taken into consideration to, perhaps, streamline the overall operation as starting up and maintaining a ten month evening academy class was very time intensive and although this class was very successful, there were many lessons learned by he and his staff that might be addressed for a future academy.


Married and with two and a “half” children, as he describes his family, he and his wife are looking forward to their third child in the very near future. A very devout family man, his interest other than family lies in his hobby of wood working which keeps him near home and with family involvement. Cummins describes his entry into law enforcement, again, being family related as both his Father and Grand Father were law enforcement officers and he simply followed in their historic footsteps.

Like so many before him, his wish for the future of the Sheriff’s Office is to see it expand in size, technology and equipment and to become even more pro-active rather than reactive to the needs of the public.


It is his obvious dedication to the Sheriff’s Office, the community and his chosen career field of law enforcement in addition to his continuing desire for additional training that makes Cummins an example for others to follow. It is also for these reasons that Sheriff Bobby Rader ask everyone to extend their congratulations to Sheriff’s Investigator Josh Cummins for being selected as Employee of the Month for January, 2018. (END)


Thank you,

Capt. Ken DeFoor

Public Information Officer

Liberty County Sheriff’s Office

(Off)  (936) 336-4535

(Cell) (936) 334-4083

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