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Sheriff – Gary Cutler – Biography

Sheriff Gary Cutler

Sheriff Gary Cutler was elected and took the oath of office in November 2010.  Sheriff Cutler’s accomplished law enforcement career spans over forty years and includes service at The Travis County Sheriff’s Office, The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission as well as eleven years of management and executive level experience.  The Hays County Sheriff’s Office employs approximately 350 civilian and commissioned staff.

A native Texan, Sheriff Cutler was raised in the small community of Hutchins and graduated in 1973 from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.  He began his career with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) in 1974 rising to the rank of Captain.  At TCSO Cutler served in many different positions including jailer, uniformed patrolman, fugitive warrant/mental health deputy, criminal investigations detective and Captain of Investigation and Process.  As captain he supervised narcotics, evidence, crime scene investigations, special weapons and tactics (SWAT), courthouse security, training academy, victim assistance and the Criminal Investigations Division prior to his retirement in December 2000.  He joined the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office in 2001 in the Major Crimes Division as a sergeant and then promoted to Lieutenant of the division which included, crime scene investigation, evidence and victim assistance.  He moved to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission as an investigator from 2004 until taking office in 2010.

Additional Training, Awards and Honors Include:

Job Training:     

  • Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Continuing Education (Over 4,500 hours)
  • Sheriff’s Association of Texas Annual Conference
  • Sheriff’s Association of Texas – New Sheriff’s Management Seminar


  • Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Master Peace Officer – 1996
  • Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Instructor Certificate – 1984
  • Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Advanced Peace Officer – 1980
  • Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Intermediate Peace Officer – 1980


  • Life Saving Bar Award, Hays County – 2013
  • VFW Law Enforcement Award – 2000
  • Meritorious Conduct Award, Williamson County – 2001
  • Travis County Commissioners Court 25 Years’ Service Award – 1999
  • East Austin Optimist Club – Law Enforcement Appreciation – 1990
  • VFW Law Enforcement Appreciation – 1991
  • KVET Appreciation Award for Outstanding Service – 1979
  • Meritorious Conduct Award, Travis County – 1989
  • The Hundred Club of Austin – Outstanding Service as a Peace Officer – 1984
  • Over 50 Letters of Commendation
Hays County