Hortman enters race for sheriff’s position
Trinity Standard- November 2007
TRINITY -- Pct. 2 Constable Richard “Ricky” Hortman has announced he will seek the office of Trinity County Sheriff in the March 4 Democratic Party primary.
A lifelong resident of Trinity, Hortman is the son of Willard and Jannette Hortman and the grandson of the late Ben and Todd De La Fosse and Hobson and Ruby D. Hortman.
He will be seeking the office currently held by Steven Jones, who was appointed to the sheriff’s post in April following the resignation of Sheriff Jimmy Smith.
Both the Democratic and Republic party primary elections are scheduled for March 4 and those seeking to be listed on the ballots may file starting on Dec. 3.
A 1986 graduate of Trinity High School, Hortman attended Sam Houston State University in Huntsville.
He is married to Katricia “Tricia” Mericle and they have two children, Hunter Thompson and Cole Hortman. His wife is the granddaughter of Robert and the late Billie Pillows of Centerville.
A licensed peace officer for the past 18 years, he earned his Basic Law Enforcement Certification from the East Texas Police Academy in 1989. He also has completed his Advanced Peace Officers’ Certification from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) and will soon earn his Master Peace Officer Certification.
Hortman also is a certified TCLEOSE instructor and is also certified in sexual assault and family violence investigation.
“If elected, my goal is to unite all of the entities within the county as a TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More),” he said in his formal announcement.
“I feel it is very important to for every citizen, law enforcement officer, prosecutor and judge to work together to make our entire county a safer and better place for us to live and raise our children,” Hortman said.
The candidate noted that because he grew up here, he has deep feelings about Trinity County and plans to remain here to raise his family.
“One of my major concerns is the drug problem within the county,” he said. “There is a definite need for an aggressive, coordinated approach to this matter and by working with state and federal law enforcement we can make an impact on the drug problem.
“Bringing back a drug dog program would be another step in the right direction,” he added.
“I feel that the TEAM approach where everyone is working together toward the same goal would eventually be successful,” Hortman added.
“I hope to visit with as many of you as possible in the near future as I want to hear about your concerns and what you expect from the sheriff’s office,” he concluded.
Hortman has served as the Precinct 2 constable since 1993, a post that received an annual salary of $12 per year until the 2008 budget year began on Oct. 1. The county increased the annual constable salary this year to $5,000.
While serving as a constable, Hortman also was employed for seven years by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice as a corrections officer.
He then formed his own business, Hortman Construction, installing wastewater systems and operating heavy equipment.
Hortman is active in volunteer organizations within the county. He has served on the Trinity Volunteer Fire Department for 17 years and is a member of the Trinity County Go Texan Committee, the Trinity PTA and the Trinity County Family Pride Council.
He also served as the program coordinator for the “Shattered Dreams” Program held at Trinity High School in May 2007. Using a simulated fatal car accident as a foundation, the program was designed to show students the consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol.