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Kaiser throws hat in ring for sheriff


Frances Kaiser has authorized the announcement of her candidacy in the March Republican primary for Bandera County Sheriff and has designated Keith Mansfield as her campaign treasurer.

A Bandera County native and 1960 Medina High School graduate, Frances is the oldest daughter of HW “Buddy” and Nora Ann Hubble of Medina.

She has over 30 years of public work experience and was employed in the Texas public school system for 14 years.

In 1984, she was sworn in as the first female patrol deputy in the Kerr County Sheriff’s department. After being promoted to administrative sergeant, she handled public relations, presented crime prevention programs and coordinated both civil process and office staff personnel. In addition, she was responsible for investigating child abuse and sexual assault cases.

On Jan. 1, 1989, Frances was sworn in as the first female sheriff of Kerr County. She was subsequently elected to serve two additional terms. Until her retirement and return to Medina, she served Kerr County citizens with pride and dedication. After moving back home, neighbors encouraged this “public servant” to represent them as Bandera County Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace.

While sheriff in Kerr County, Frances was instrumental in the promotion and construction of the 192-bed law enforcement facility built in 1996. She was involved in the daily operations supervising over 70 employees and administering a multi-million dollar budget. Additionally, Frances is certified in administration, police management, professional mediation and advanced law enforcement.

“The sheriff’s job is mainly administrative, which requires good organizational skills, law enforcement knowledge, leadership and common sense,” she stated. “My work experience, qualifications and integrity gives me the insight to organize and produce a more efficient and professional sheriff’s department - one the employees can be proud to work for and Bandera County citizens will respect.”

Frances is committed to providing responsible law enforcement to all Bandera County citizens by having an open door policy. She will cooperate with local, state and federal agencies and organizations to protect you, your children, senior citizens, your four-legged friends and your property.

Aggressively fighting Bandera County’s drug problem, sponsoring Drug Abuse Resistance Education and other citizenship programs for our children are her top priorities. By conservative administration of a multi-million dollar budget, she will provide safety and protection in a professional and progressive manner.

Frances’ honors include:

• American Business Women’s Association Woman of the Year and Boss of the Year.

• president of the Hill Country Peace Officer’s Association

• director of the Sheriff’s Association of Texas for two terms.

• Appointment by then Governor George W. Bush as director and presiding officer of Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education.

• participation in the Millennium Dinner for “Women in Power” in Washington DC.

A resident of Medina, Frances is currently a member of the Bandera County Republican Women’s Club and the First Baptist Church of Bandera.

Frances and her husband, Richard, have been married for 47 years and have three grown children and seven grandchildren.
Feeling the need to come out of her law enforcement retirement, Frances looks forward to serving as sheriff and giving back to the citizens of the community where she grew up.

“If you wish to participate in my campaign by hosting a neighborhood gathering to discuss issues with me, put a sign in your yard, contribute to my campaign fund or serve in any other capacity, please call me at 830-589-2699,” she said.