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Facing criticism for not returning early from an European vacation following last week’s devastating flooding, Hays County Sheriff Gary Cutler released the following statement this evening:

On Saturday May 23, 2015 at approximately 8:00 p.m., Hays County Sheriff Gary Cutler departed the United States for a preplanned one-week vacation in Europe, several hours before the unprecedented flooding disaster in Hays County. Prior to his departure Sheriff Cutler appointed Chief Deputy Jamie Page acting Sheriff of Hays County to act in his stead. During his 6,000 mile, twelve hour flight Sheriff Cutler was unaware that Hays County had been struck by a natural disaster.

Sheriff Cutler and Chief Page were in frequent contact with one another throughout the disaster as soon as possible and throughout the week. Sheriff Cutler understood that the situation was grave and that everything that could be done for our citizens and those affected by the disaster was being handled.

It should be noted that during Sheriff Cutler’s tenure, he has developed and implemented succession plans in order address these types of situations while encouraging and promoting agency wide leadership and management throughout all ranks. Currently, there are 110 years of law enforcement experience between Chief Page and the three agency Captains. The Sheriff’s Office has and will continue to support the efforts of the Hays County Emergency Management team during this catastrophe.

Sheriff Cutler returned late Saturday night May 30th and on early Sunday morning toured the disaster areas with emergency personnel and other elected officials. Sheriff’s Cutler’s focus is on the continued efforts to recover victims and assist those who survived the disaster.

Cutler also referred people to this story in the Hays Free Press for information about sheriff’s office operations during his absence.

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6 thoughts on “Cutler: HCSO did ‘everything that could be done for our citizens’

  1. Thank you, Sheriff Cutler. When the chips are down the chief needs to be present. I know you didn’t plan it this way. Neither did the victims. You should have been here.

  2. For the life of me, I don’t know how the sheriff could enjoy his vacation knowing there were people lost and dying in the the river. I was on the search teams and can tell you it was all hands on deck. He screwed up big time and needs to go.

  3. Call it whatever you’d like but the facts are pretty simple to understand if you want to. While the Sheriff was flying on a long planned vacation he and the rest of us did not know a flood was coming. I was sitting on the porch of a house that washed away hours later and had no idea it was going to happen. Professionals hire good people so that when they are away the job gets done. Gary has brought integrity and good people to this SO. There has been enough said about this. It’s sad. PERIOD!

  4. One of the duties of the Chief Deputy is to act as Sheriff in the absence of the Sheriff. Sheriff Cutler was absolutely right in continuing his vacation with his wife, a Cancer victim. It would have been at least 24-48 hours before he got back to the United States even if he had come back. Could his presence have changed the outcome of the flood? NO, so what’s the big deal!?!

  5. If HE is that important that his mere presence would have made a difference they why are we so quick to push him out the door? Or wait if the organization can run without him why do we need him? …Let’s just start the accountability line with any officials who allow development in these floodplains.

  6. After learning about his wife’s condition, I take back what I said about the sheriff. I wish him and his family the best.

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