By Michael Sudhalter
Jim Pokluda, the longest-tenured deputy in the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office, has watched Fort Bend County and the Sheriff’s Office expand exponentially over the past 35 years.
When Pokluda joined the Sheriff’s Office in the early 1980s, there were 47 employees. Now, there are more than 800.
And the county’s population has increased more than six-fold since that time.
Pokluda, a Rosenberg resident who has served under six different Sheriffs, has worked in various roles during his time working for the Sheriff’s Department — patrol officer, detective, Sergeant over Homicide Unit, Captain over Criminal Investigations and Captain of Patrol.
He’s currently the Assistant Director of the Gus George Law Enforcement Academy, a position he’s held for the past two years.
“It has been an absolute great experience to share my background and experience,” Pokluda said. “We ensure that they have a high level of training, morals and ethical standards, and that they’re constantly willing to adapt.”
Pokluda grew up in Sugar Land when it had fewer than 2,000 residents. He graduated from Dulles High, and his father was the first full-time paid Fire Chief in Sugar Land.
He was always around law enforcement and went to work as a paramedic for the county in 1980.
He decided to join the Sheriff’s Department shortly thereafter.
“There was more of an opportunity to serve the community in various ways,” Pokluda said.
Even though he could retire now, Pokluda said he’d like to work five more years at the Sheriff’s Office, for a total of 40 years of service for the County.
“Forty years would be a wonderful way for me to go out,” Pokluda said.
The Sheriff’s Office represents Pokluda’s second family, but also his first.
His wife, Kim, is a Sergeant at the Sheriff’s Office and his son, Tyler, works as a corrections deputy.
“My wife and I met at the Sheriff’s Office in the 1980s and married in 2008,” Pokluda said. “My son joined the Sheriff’s Office recently. Like me, he had it in his blood. He absolutely loves it and sees himself making a career of it.”