For over 20 years Jeff McGowen has been a force of advocacy for community protection and engagement throughout the Houston area. His vast years of honorable service in the military, law enforcement, criminal justice and higher education give him dynamic and timely insight on bridging the gap between crime prevention and community connection.
Since McGowen began his career with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office in 1992, he has been relentless in his pursuit to help keep Houston a safe city for families, residents and businesses to thrive and grow.
In 1994 he simultaneously attended University of Houston’s downtown Law Enforcement Academy and graduated with honors. He then went on to serve in the United States Army Reserve and after being honorably discharged as a veteran of the Desert Storm war in Iraq (1995), he continued through the ranks of his career in public affairs.
Since then, McGowen has served in a host of positions including work in the Crime Prevention Unit jail facilities and Investigator for the Office of Inspector General Bureau–Internal Affairs Division (TASER Review, 2009). He has served in educational institutions as an Adjunct Instructor and holds a host of licenses and certifications including Master Peace Officer and Certified Crime Prevention Specialist. He is also past-president of the Texas Crime Prevention Association, past-president and member of the Texas Gulf Coast Crime Prevention Association and a lifetime member of the 100 Club.
McGowen currently holds rank as Sergeant with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, serving as Supervisor of the Motorist Assistance Program (M.A.P.), Emergency Management Activation and freeway incident management. He continues to share life-saving information and education as a R.A.D. and Child Passenger Safety Instructor.
Always a family man, McGowen knows first-hand, the value of safety and protection for Houston’s diverse and communities and the future that lies ahead for our children. He and his wife Sheryl are proud parents of quadruplets, (three surviving 11 year-old brothers) Jacob, Jacobi and Jason.
The McGowens reside in North Houston-Tomball and are proud members of Our Mother Of Mercy Catholic Church. As residents and neighbors in Precinct 4, they actively share the desire for a peaceful and protected life for all Houstonians.