LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - As the new resident deputy, James Denby will actively be patrolling and working inside and out of Huntington and Zavalla's city limits. Angelina County Sheriff Greg Sanches said, as far as he's concerned, this position should stay in the south end of the county forever.
"He'll be a person that the public down here can get to know," Sanches said. "He's trustworthy, and he's a good man. He's professional; that's what I want. Hopefully this will help on the response time."
Response time and theft have been a concern for many in the area, but they're certainly not the only issues that will soon be addressed.
"Another concern of the families here is the drug activities in the area," Denby said. "I can assure you that Sheriff Sanches, along with this agency, DPS, and other federal agencies will be targeting the drug activity that's in this area."
Sanches said it's been quite some time since a resident deputy was assigned to this area of the county. Denby said he was a police officer once before in the area and is honored to take on his new position.
"I worked for the City of Huntington Police Department, and I've worked for the Zavalla Police Department. I'm also retired from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice."
Denby will be stationed in the Zavalla Sub-county Courthouse working on an important objective.
"The goal of Sheriff Sanches and the goal of this agency is to make a positive difference in the community here and the lives of the people here," Denby said. "I'm here for them if they have any issues or concerns they can contact me, and I'll be glad to address those concerns."
The new resident deputy will cover territory outside of city limits and will offer his assistance to other law enforcement.
"Working with PD will help them because their resources are limited such as man power, so this will help them if they need backup and there's something critical going on."
Denby said he has been a resident in south Angelina County for more than 20 years and knows the exact improvements residents are looking forward to.
Two other deputies were also promoted Monday morning.
"Stacy Seymore was promoted to lieutenant and BJ Murphy was promoted to sergeant,' Sanches said. "They've really worked hard and put a lot of time in; and we're looking forward to their work."