Meet the Sheriff

Sheriff Richard Wiles has called El Paso, Texas home for over 45 years. He was raised and educated in El Paso, graduating from Andress High School in 1979. He received a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Texas-El Paso in 1995 and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Sul Ross University in 2001. He was named Andress High School’s “Outstanding-Ex” and Sul Ross University’s “Outstanding Criminal Justice Graduate Student.”

Sheriff Wiles is also a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy, the National Executive Institute and the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas. 

Sheriff Wiles’ career in law enforcement began in 1982 when he joined the El Paso Police Department. His dedication and work ethic elevated him through the ranks, where he served his community as a Patrol Officer, Detective, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, Deputy Chief, Assistant Chief, Interim Chief of Police, and Chief of Police in 2004. 

In December of 2007, Sheriff Wiles retired from the Police Department and was elected El Paso County Sheriff in 2008.  He took office on January 1, 2009 and continues to serve in that capacity. Sheriff Wiles frequently shares his knowledge and experience as an Academic Instructor.  He has taught at El Paso Community College, Park University, and continues to instruct at the University of Texas at El Paso. Sheriff Wiles has extensive experience in Local Law Enforcement, Immigration and Border Security. His perspective is often sought State and Federal Inquiries.

Everything that Law Enforcement Officers do is based on honesty and integrity.
— Sheriff Wiles

Sheriff Wiles’ legacy is his steadfast commitment to the honesty and integrity of every Law Enforcement Officer who serves the Community of El Paso.  He has implemented a firm organizational and cultural commitment of professionalism and accountability within his organization. Sheriff Wiles has stated emphatically that, “Everything that Law Enforcement Officers do is based on honesty and integrity.  Those qualities form the very foundation that Officers, their agencies, and the community’s trust is built upon.”

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–Sheriff Richard Wiles