Jacob Shannon, a deputy with the Texas County Sheriff's Department, was named Friday as the newest member of the Houston Police Department's expanded force.

A Texas County Sheriff’s Department deputy will join the Houston Police Department this month as it expands its force.

Jacob Shannon, who served with the county as a court deputy and as a road officer, will assume the newly created position on Jan. 25. He was also a reserve police officer in Houston.

Shannon’s addition will increase the Houston police force to seven full-time officers. The position was created by the Houston City Council in the 2018 fiscal year budget that began Jan. 1.

Houston Police Chief Tim Ceplina said interviews were conducted last week with four finalists. Ceplina said he was excited to hire someone who is already familiar with the department’s policies and procedures.

Shannon served in the military as a police officer, and graduated from a law enforcement academy in July 2015 before joining the county sheriff’s department.

Shannon comes from a law enforcement family. His father is the Howell County sheriff, and his uncle is police chief in West Plains.

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