Sanches names Texas Ranger, 3 veterans to head office

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A retired Texas Ranger and three veterans of law enforcement are among the officers sheriff-elect Greg Sanches will be bringing with him to the Angelina County Sheriff's Office.

Sanches said, "I have a new staff coming in and they have a lot of experience. We have some good people coming in that I believe will be a great asset to the county, and I'm just looking forward to that."

He says he's excited to work with his new staff along with the employees that will continue to work for the sheriff's office. "There's a lot of good employees there, and I'm looking forward to working with them," Sanches said. "We have employees there that I've looked at that have got a lot of experience as well and a lot of good training. So, we want to use their assets, use their abilities and the things that they've learned to help us as well."

Sanches said Doug Conn, a former captain at the office, will be his chief deputy. Conn has been in law enforcement since 1981, rising through the ranks of deputy, sergeant, lieutenant and captain. He has also been a jail warden. He most recently worked in a corrections firm, where he served as national director of learning and staff development, where he managed more than 1,700 employees.

Alton Lenderman Jr. will be captain over patrol and criminal investigations, Sanches said. Lenderman has been with Lufkin Police for 33 years. For the last 20 years, he has been responsible for supervising a patrol shift as shift commander.

Retired Texas Ranger Pete Maskunas will be lieutenant over criminal investigations. Maskunas served the East Texas area as Ranger from 2002 to 2011. He has 28 years of law enforcement experience.

Greg Dawson will be warden over the Angelina County Jail. According to his biography, Dawson worked for 27 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and served as senior warden at several maximum security prisons.

Sanches is looking forward to beginning his position as sheriff. He says his "command staff" has a few policies and procedures they want to put in place.

"We've been looking at reorganizing and restructuring the department in different ways from the standpoint of patrol, CID, and the jail; the jail is a big issue with a lot of people. It is with us as well and we realized that is a very important part of the Sheriff's Department," Sanches said.

He says it's going to be an enjoyable time working with his experienced staff that will consist of 12 deputies, 4 sergeants, and 4 lieutenants.

Sanches takes office on Jan. 1.

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