Chris Humble on Thursday took over the office of longtime Precinct 1 Constable Keith Merritt. Merritt was sworn-in as county sheriff, also Thursday.

Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Joe Parkhurst did the honors. 

Humble said he’s worked closely with Merritt this week for a smooth transfer and won’t waste any time getting right to business.

“Obviously the first thing is I’ll check to see what needs to be expedited as far as [the job goes],” he said. “Then I’m going to get out and meet with some business people and school officials.”
Humble and his wife Tessa, a third-grade teacher at Little Cypress Elementary, have three children and are members of Community Church. With 22 years of law enforcement experience, he has served the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in corrections and the jail division and earned his peace officer’s license at the Lamar Regional Police Academy. He was also president of his academy class.

“I’m excited about the office and the challenge that comes with it,” he said. “I’m very intent about working with the people of Precinct 1 and others in the area.”

Humble campaigned on accessibility, and working to build positive relationships within the community. In the 2008 elections, he and Sarah Jefferson-Simon topped the runoff list over fellow candidates Vincent Bottley, Perry Swiney and Jon Nimitz.

Spending several years with the youth anti-drug DARE program, Humble went on to serve as the West Orange-Cove district’s Risk Diversion officer. He left the sheriff’s office to gain further patrol experience, working as a patrolman in Sanger and later served with the Orange police; then returned to Orange County to work with the sheriff’s criminal investigations division and with the Orangefield and Little Cypress-Mauriceville school districts.

He has been a coach with the Orange Youth Baseball Softball Program for many years, as well as with the Upwards and Little Dribbler basketball organizations.