The City of Houston Police Department has filled a vacancy on its roster with the hiring of former Texas County Sheriff’s Department deputy Jason Wink.

Wink, 23, began duties May 10 with the department. He is a Houston resident and 2014 graduate of Houston High School. He completed the law enforcement academy in 2018.

Wink had worked as a deputy with the sheriff’s department since last July. He was previously a deputy in Shannon County for about three months.

“I think this is a better opportunity for myself, training-wise, and my family,” Wink said. “This is always a place I’ve wanted to be; honestly, I think this department has the highest standards and some of the best training for their guys.”

Wink said he looks forward to working under Chief Tim Ceplina, Lt. Brad Evans and Sgt. Matt Woodmansee.

“I’ve known Tim for a long time, and I know he’s a good leader, along with Brad and Matt,” Wink said. “They’ve worked very hard to get where they’re at, and their experience and training is outstanding. I know they have high expectations, and that will be a good challenge for me. But I also know this is a really good department; I believe it’s the best department in Texas County.”

Wink is married. He and his wife, Emily, have two children, Olivia, 4, and Everly, 2, and another on the way.

“I think Jason is an awesome addition to our department,” Ceplina said. “He has great experience from Texas County, and he seems to be very level headed and has a good demeanor. I think he’s going to be a fantastic asset for us and the City of Houston.”

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