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WILCO – On Friday, Nov. 1, Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody got a challenger for his position – Mike Gleason. 

Gleason, a retired Williamson County Sheriff’s Office Chief, will run in the Democratic Primary to face Chody in the November 2020 election. 

Gleason said he is more than qualified to hold the position and believes he can do well if elected.

“I just want to get the department back to the standard where it was at,” Gleason said.

He started as a corrections officer with the sheriff’s office and worked his way up the ranks. He worked for the department 24 years, many as a Chief Deputy, and has supervised every unit. 

Gleason is the principal and co-owner of BUBBL, an Austin-based ridesharing company that only allows current or retired law enforcement to become drivers.

He retired from the department in 2017 and said he looks forward to rebuilding trust with the community and within the department.

Chody released a statement in which he welcomes his Democratic opponent to the race.

“We have a tremendous record of keeping crime out of Williamson County,” Chody said in the statement. “We have a significantly lower violent crime rate than all six of the counties that surround us – urban or rural. Williamson County is only 2% of the State’s population, but we have 3 of the top 15 safest cities in Texas. And we are getting even better. I will be interested to hear in the campaign what my new opponent wants to change about that."

Gleason told Hill Country News that if elected, he would like to see the Sheriff’s Office’s mental health unit rebuilt and expanded. He also wants the office to grow its relationship with the school districts in the county, specifically with improving school safety.

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