BRAZOS COUNTY, Tex. (KBTX) - Brazos County Sheriff Chris Kirk was awarded the Tom Tellepsen Award at the Sheriffs' Association of Texas 140th Annual Conference.
According to the Brazos County Sheriff's Office, the
announcement came as a surprise to Sheriff Kirk, who was one of the 191
sheriffs and approximately 650 participants attending the conference.
"I am extremely honored to be the recipient of the
2017 Sheriffs' Association of Texas Tom Tellepsen Award," said Sheriff
Kirk. "To be recognized by my peers in such a manner is very humbling. I
am proud to have the opportunity to serve as a Texas sheriff and pledge
to continue to do my best in service to the State of Texas and County
The Tellepsen Award is the highest of tributes
to the Sheriff who is selected as its recipient. The selection
criterion includes the recognition of outstanding contributions to the
advancement of law enforcement and criminal justice and honors more than
ability and performance. The recipient, who must possess these
qualities, must additionally have demonstrated the human element that
engraves his/her name in the hearts of all the law enforcement
community, and a genuine love of the profession.
The Tom Tellepsen Award is named in honor of the
late Tom Tellepsen, a native of Norway, who became a staunch and
patriotic American. The Tellepsen Foundation, which was created to honor
his lifelong support of law enforcement, provides this award. The
Foundation trustees unanimously approved the initial establishment of
this award in 1975. The Award from the Tellepsen family on behalf of the
Tellepsen Foundation was presented by Karen Tellepsen, the
granddaughter of Tom Tellepsen.