He was born and raised in McKinney, has been married for 47 years to the same bubbly energetic woman, takes his purple '55 Chevy to car shows, and has held his particular job far longer than anyone else before him.
Terry Box is also one of the longest serving sheriffs in Texas, holding the office of Collin County Sheriff for over 31 years in a law enforcement career spanning 48 years. But at the end of 2016 this popular and respected lawman will be retiring, leaving the fastest growing and wealthiest county in Texas, a county he was instrumental in building, to Jim Skinner, the first new sheriff for several generations of local residents.
"It will be good to have a few years left – that's what's on my mind," Box recently told
The Dallas Morning News.
His sheriff's office has grown from 40 employees and a $4 million budget in 1981, the year he was hired here, to 500 employees and a budget of over $50 million today. The local jail population has also grown, from an average of 40 inmates a day in 1981 to 1,000 inmates today. Planning and managing such growth has been one of the Sheriff's biggest accomplishments, especially the jail that he built that was designed to serve the county for 50 years and is considered one of the two best jails in Texas.
Other milestones, amongst hundreds, in Sheriff Box's stellar career includes not having a single line-of-duty death during his tenure as sheriff, being past-president of the Sheriff's Association of Texas and raising over two million dollars for charity through his annual golf tournament. The awards he has won over the years are also many and significant, including the 2015 Texas Jail Association Hall of Fame Award and numerous recognitions from community service and charity organizations, including having the children's wing at CASA of Collin County named after him. Sheriff Box has also served on a number of law enforcement, public and community boards.
But now it's time for the county's top cop to move on to a well-deserved quieter and less stressful life.
"Everybody asks, 'What are you gonna do when you retire?'" says the Sheriff. "I always say it's not what I'm gonna do… it's what I'm
not gonna do."
Thank you, Sheriff Box, for your unwavering duty to the people of Collin County as our chief protector and watchman. For your sacrifices and devotion we return all honor and gratitude.