Local jail administrator recognized by peers

Smith County Sheriff J.B. Smith congratulates Captain Gary Pinkerton.
Smith County Sheriff J.B. Smith congratulates Captain Gary Pinkerton.

Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

Released by Adrienne Graham with the Smith County Commissioners Court:

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Smith County Jail Administrator Chief Deputy Gary Pinkerton was recognized by his peers at the Annual Texas Jail Association Convention in Austin last week when he was presented with the Jerry Baggs Leadership Award.

The Jerry Baggs Leadership Award is given in recognition of Jerry Baggs, who was instrumental in the creation of the Texas Jail Association and served as its first President. Jerry Baggs' extraordinary leadership and vision, combined with his true devotion to the field of county corrections, serves as an example to all that follow his path. The award is presented to an individual employed in the field of county corrections who has demonstrated leadership and a sincere commitment to the professional advancement of county corrections. Recipients of the award are chosen by their peers at the Texas Jail Association.

"I have always encouraged our administrators to reach out and get involved with the community, but Chief Deputy Pinkerton sets the standard," Smith County Sheriff J.B. Smith said.

Pinkerton is a full-time jail administrator and teaches jail administration classes at Sam Houston State University. He also teaches new sheriffs' training courses for the Texas Commission of Jail Standards and the Texas Association of Counties. Pinkerton also served as the first African American President of the Texas Jail Association in 2002.

Chief Deputy Pinkerton says he tries to lead by example as a teacher and as a working administrator.

"My motto has always been to be firm, fair and consistent. Everyone who comes through this jail is somebody's mother, brother or child and they deserve to be treated with the respect you would want your own relatives to be treated with," Chief Deputy Pinkerton said.