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22. Roger Duncan

Twenty-second Sheriff of Kendall County - January 2005 - December 2012



Sheriff Roger Duncan














In 1967, Duncan moved to Dallas and joined the Dallas Police Department.  After thirty-two years, Duncan retired honorably as a Deputy Chief with D.P.D. commanding the Crimes against Persons Division.  He moved to Boerne to retire and enjoy horses and his passion for team roping.  In 2004, he was approached by a group of citizens about running for Sheriff of Kendall County and was elected running against the incumbent and another candidate.  In his second term, he had a single opponent and won re-election with 80% of the vote.  During his tenure as Sheriff, Duncan's goals were to enhance the professionalism of the agency and to increase citizen involvement with the Office.  He and his staff initiated the first Citizen's Sheriff Academy, which was a program designed to give citizens insight into law enforcement programs and a better understanding of what a Deputy actually does on a daily basis.  He also initiated the first Citizens Advisory Board led by local citizens, Mac Northington.  This gave a wide cross-section of the County opportunity for input with the Sheriff and his command staff.  While in office, he and his department expanded the Sheriff's Chaplain Program led by Pastor Tom Lanier to include numerous Chaplains providing Bibles and discipleship to inmates.  Each year in his eight-year tenure, the sheriff and his staff enjoyed a reduction in major crimes, came in under budget, endured no lawsuits, and their jail was consistently certified.  Duncan decided not to seek a third term and to retire in 2012.  During his time in office, the Sheriff's Office enjoyed an excellent reputation in the law enforcement community as well as with the Kendall County Citizens.








Source: Stephens, Linda. "Roger Duncan" Keys to the Past. Vol. XXXVIII No. 2, Fall/Winter 2019.

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