MIDLAND, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – One year ago today, Midland County lost a dear friend and leader in Sheriff Gary Painter.
Painter died after being found unresponsive at his home last year. However, his memory and the impact he had on Midland County remains.
“He was good for Midland. Midland is going to miss him,” says Midland County Judge Terry Johnson.
Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter’s Final radio call
He served Midland County for nearly 50 years.
To the rest of Texas, Painter was known as a proficient lawman, but in our corner of West Texas he was known as a fierce and compassionate friend, a respected Marine Corps. Veteran as well as a dedicated servant of Midland County.
“Honorable man. I knew him all my life here in Midland. He did a lot of good for Midland, the state and the whole country. I pray for his family. I really do,” says Johnson.
Painter is credited with creating the first multi-jurisdictional drug task force in West Texas, the crisis intervention unit at the MCSO and is known for his efforts in combatting mental health.
The late sheriff also spent much of his free time being an advocate for Veterans in West Texas.
It was evident during Painter’s memorial service that his impact stretched far beyond the borders of Midland County.
Law Enforcement officers from across the country came to pay their respects and say goodbye.
And while a new sheriff has been elected in Midland County, many still honor their friend and leader Sheriff Gary Painter.
- Fellow Deputies pay tribute to the late Sheriff Gary Painter at Thursday’s services
- A final goodbye to Sheriff Gary Painter
- Artist working on statue to honor late Sheriff Gary Painter
- Bronze artwork of Gary Painter now hangs at MCSO
- Remembering Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter