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15. William B. “Bill” Edge

Fifteenth Sheriff of Kendall County-August 1948 - May 1953


Sheriff William Edge


William B. "Bill" Edge's career in law enforcement began in 1947 when he returned from Europe where he had served with the famous 42nd "Rainbow Division" of the 242 Infantry in Austria during World War II.  He attended the Department of Public Safety Patrol School in Austin and served as a Highway Patrolman until the Kendall County Commissioners Court appointed him to complete his father's term as Sheriff on August 10, 1948.  One of his first acts as Sheriff-elect was to get approval from Commissioners Court to install two-way radios in the department's cars. The month before, he had been a speaker at the dedication of a new Department of Public Safety radio station KTXD.  The station was dedicated to the memory of his father, Sheriff Sidney F. Edge, who was largely responsible for bringing it to Boerne. In 1953, Edge accepted a position with the Texas Department of Safety, serving as a Highway Patrolman in Uvalde.  In 1954, he was stationed in Hondo in Medina County.  On March 24, 1960, the Boerne Star reported that Bill Edge and his family were moving back home to Kendall County and that he was seeking re-election as Kendall County's Sheriff.  It was a hotly contested race against the incumbent, Lee D'Spain. Despite many public endorsements from businesses and citizens in general, he lost his bid for re-election. 

Source: Hurst, James. "William B. "Bill" Edge" Keys to the Past. Vol. XXXVIII No. 2,  Fall/Winter 2019.

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