Ken Culbreath was promoted by Sheriff Rand Henderson as Chief Deputy on January 1, 2017. Serving over 800 employees, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is a full service law enforcement agency policing over 80 percent of the county. Chief Culbreath holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice for the University of Houston-Downtown. He possess several TCOLE licenses; Master Peace Officer, Instructor Proficiency Certificate and Firearm Instructor. He is a graduate of the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT). He also earned that honor of Distinguished Graduate from the Front Sight Firearms Training Institute in Nevada. He has completed multiple executive level law enforcement management classes through the Southern Police Institute in Louisville, Kentucky. He is also a graduate of the FBI’s National Law Enforcement Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
During his tenure he’s held several positions within the Sheriff’s Office to include; Jail Deputy, Patrol Deputy, Undercover Narcotic Investigator, Detective, Internal Affairs Sergeant, Detective Sergeant and the first full time SWAT Sergeant / Team Leader. He has received several awards during his career; in 2007 he received a Public Safety Hero’s Award from U.S. House of Representatives and a Public Safety Hero’s Award from the Woodlands Town Center. In 2008, he was named as a 100 club Officer of the Year and in the same year he received a Combat Cross from Sheriff Tommy Gage. The Combat Cross is awarded to a deputy for an individual act of heroism with imminent personal hazard of life in combat with an armed adversary.