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Sheriff
Ira A. Mercer

Total Years of Service
Public service in Palo Pinto County law enforcement since 1989

                        Service record:
          1989-1991 Detention Officer PPSO
          1991-1996 Field Deputy PPSO
          1996-1997 Investigator PPSO
          1997- 2001 Chief Investigator PPSO
          2001- 2004 District Attorney Investigator
          2005- Present Sheriff Palo Pinto County 

Certifications:
Master Peace Officer
TCLEOSE Instructor
Firearms Instructor
County Jailer
Mental Health Officer

Education:
Mineral Wells High School – 1986 Graduate
Weatherford College – 2001 Associates Applied Science Criminal Justice  

Duties:
Administer all aspects of the Office of Sheriff in and for Palo Pinto County.

Sheriff Ira Mercer Has been involved in local law enforcement since 1989.  Sheriff Larry Watson hired him as a rookie Jailer at that  time.  Ira has moved through the ranks of the Sheriff’s Office as a Field Deputy, Investigator, and Chief Investigator.  In 2001, Ira was hired as Investigator for the Palo Pinto County District Attorney.  In 2004, Ira ran for and was elected Sheriff of Palo Pinto County and took office on January 1, 2005.

I am a lifetime resident of Palo Pinto County.  I have devoted almost my entire adult life to the service of the citizens of this great county.  I am a third generation lawman in this county with an uncle and grandfather serving before me.  This is where I choose to make my life with my family.  I live at Lake Palo Pinto with my wife Shanna and son Case.  We also have a daughter named Brianna.  It is my great honor to be your Sheriff.    


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