EDITOR’s NOTE: This is the full prepared text of Kathy Bridges’ statement of the Dec. 15 press conference on a replacement for Sheriff Allen Bridges, who died Dec. 6.
In the early morning of Saturday, Dec. 6., I lost my best friend and tower of strength, my children lost their father; my grandchildren lost their Papa and the Hays County Sheriffs Office lost their friend and leader. Hays County lost a faithful, unwavering servant.
My family and I want to thank all of you from the bottom of our hearts for the incredible love and support you have shown us during this most difficult time. I also want to thank you for the memorable tribute you paid Allen in his services. Seeing the number of people coming out to honor my husband was overwhelming. Please accept our gratitude and know words alone can never express how we feel about you.
Allen spent his entire life devoted to law enforcement and serving people. Early in his career, he chased fugitives and arrested lawbreakers. Then he discovered community service and found his passion. He loved it from the beginning and never lost the excitement of meeting and working with people to make our communities better for our families.
Coming to Hays County was a dream for him and serving as your sheriff was his highest honor. Allen loved his job, adapted quickly and excelled at being sheriff. Allen, along with his team of processional law enforcement personnel, put together a sheriff’s office beyond compare. So many have come to me expressing how he had achieved what had been missing — a department with integrity, accountability and most of all, a family with on goal — to serve the citizens of Hays County. He was very proud of the men and women serving the county in law enforcement.
Allen worked tirelessly during his campaign, always holding himself to a high degree of professionalism. He was overwhelmingly re-elected and his legacy should continue for the next 24 months as allowed by law. This is the desire of the sheriff’s office employees as well. Commissioner Conley has spent many hours talking to the men and women of the department about the next step. Allen chose Chief Brodbeck, calling him back from retirement because Allen knew he was a true man of integrity, with the natural leadership qualities and above all honesty. I ask that this appointment of Chief Broadbeck be confirmed by this court tomorrow morning. Thank you for coming and may God bless you.