Dallam County Sheriff’s Office welcomes new deputy
On Thursday, October 1st, the Dallam County Sheriff’s Office welcomed the arrival of a new deputy. The new position was recently created by a vote of the Commissioner’s Court, making the Sheriff’s Office a five-member department rather than four.
Paul Rowell was sworn in early Thursday morning, followed by a brief ceremony by Chief Deputy Curtis Brown to pin on the new deputy’s badge. In a few short days, Rowell celebrates his 31st year in law enforcement.
Many recall that Deputy Rowell was Det. Rowell for the Dalhart Police Department. Rowell is the second Dalhart Police officer to transfer this year from the Dalhart Police Department to the Dallam County Sheriff’s Office. Earlier this year Deputy Billy “Jack” Reynolds joined the agency. Reynolds also worked for the city of Dalhart as the Animal Control Officer prior to becoming a peace officer.
Rowell began his law enforcement career in Alabama as a Deputy Sheriff. After five years, he moved to Houston where he worked as a Deputy Sheriff for 20 years for the Harris County Sheriff’s Department before retiring. After retirement, he spent about three years working as a private investigator for his lawyer wife, Robin Scott.
The family made a decision to move to a small town and leave the metropolitan lifestyle in Houston. The decision included Rowell coming out of retirement and Robin retiring from her law practice. Robin writes the weekly Ask the Lawyer column in the Dalhart Texan, as well as many feature articles.
The Rowells are the parents of Charlie Rowell, a 6th grade student at Dalhart Junior High School. The Rowells also have six other children, Amber Rowell Sprung of Alabama, Lacey Davis of Dallas, Martin Davis and wife, Amber, of Houston, Andrew Rowell and twins, Sarah and Emily Rowell of Houston. The Rowells have one grandchild, James Sprung of Alabama.
Of his transfer to the Dallam County Sheriff’s Office Rowell stated, “I’m very excited to be here, although I will miss the people at the police department.” He also noted however, “I’ve become very close to many of the officers at the police department, so I’m sure I’ll be seeing them often.”