Sheriff introduces deputy
Houston County Courier
Sheriff Darrel Bobbitt would like to introduce Houston County residents to Deputy Mike Molnes, who came to work for Sheriff Bobbitt in January as a patrol deputy. Molnes was raised in Copperas Cove, where he graduated from high school. After school, he went to the Central Texas Police Academy and later went to work for the Copperas Cove Police Department and worked for them for five years, and during that time he was promoted to corporal and acting sergeant. Molnes’ next job was with Wal-mart as a loss prevention supervisor and he was stationed in Crockett. After the recession hit in the 1980s, he went back into police work and was hired by the Crockett Police Department where he worked under Chief Gene Mericle. He was with the city for over 11 years, and during that time he was promoted to sergeant and was interim chief. Molnes was then hired by Sheriff Jimbo Rains as a part- time jailer. Under Sheriff Rains, he was promoted up through the ranks to chief deputy and was there for seven years. He has also worked for the Women’s Shelter as a legal advisor and advocate for the district attorney’s office and was an investigator for the county attorney’s office. Molnes was employed by CPS as a special investigator for high-profile cases. Before coming back to the sheriff’s office, Molnes worked for the city of Crockett as their environmental control officer.