Steve Griffith Named Treasurer of Special Olympics Texas’ Board of Directors


Steve Griffith Photo from City of Sugar Land.

The City of Sugar Land’s 1st Assistant City Manager Steve Griffith has been re-elected an officer on Special Olympics Texas’ (SOTX) Board of Directors. He will serve a two-year term in an at-large position as the board’s treasurer. Prior to his most recent appointment to this position, Griffith served the board as a Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) representative. Griffith has been actively involved with Special Olympics Texas for more than 24 years.

Griffith is the former Greater Houston Area 4 chairman, a position he served in for six years. During four of those years, revenue for Area 4 surpassed $100,000. Griffith served SOTX’s Law Enforcement Torch Run director for the state for two years. During his tenure as state director, he worked to integrate the state prison system into the Torch Run and generated $2 million annually for the Texas Torch Runners. The Texas Torch Run received national awards for revenue growth and totals. Griffith served on the SOTX Board of Directors for 10 years, including serving as the chairman of the board for two years.

A Houston area native and a 35 year law enforcement veteran, Griffith was named the City of Sugar Land’s Chief of Police in August 2005 and was promoted to 1st Assistant City Manager  in 2014. He oversees police, fire, public safety dispatch, municipal courts, the airport and communications.

Griffith is actively involved in the Sugar Land community. He serves on the Board of the Fort Bend Council on Substance Abuse, where he served as treasurer from 2010-2011. He is a member of the Sugar Land Exchange Club and served as president from 2011-2012.

Prior to his employment with the City of Sugar Land, Griffith served as executive director of the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center for two years at Texas State University in San Marcos. His leadership was instrumental in the design and creation of a partnership between the University, the San Marcos Police Department and the Hays County Sheriff’s Office to address the need for active-shooter response training for first-responders. The ALERRT Center has since trained more than 80,000 police officers nationwide in dynamic, force-on-force scenario-based training.   

Griffith was police chief for the City of San Marcos from 1998 to 2003, the City of West University from 1987 to 1998 and spent eight years with the Bellaire Police Department, where he served in the positions of captain, lieutenant, patrol sergeant and senior patrol officer. Early in his career, Griffith also served with the University of Houston Central Campus Police.

From 1976 until 1979, Griffith was employed by the University of Houston as a patrol officer. Griffith earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Houston and a master’s degree in criminal justice management from Sam Houston State University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the public executive institute at The University of Texas Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs. Griffith holds a master peace officer and instructor certificate and served as an adjunct criminal justice instructor at Texas State University. He is a member of the International Association of Chief of Police, the Texas Police Chief’s Association, Texas Police Association and Harris County Area Chief of Police Association. In late 2007, Griffith accepted a request by Governor Rick Perry to serve as a Commissioner on the Board of Commissioners for the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE).

Griffith and his wife, Wendy, have two sons. Adam completed his bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Texas State University. Tim obtained his master’s degree in Criminal Justice and is a police sergeant in Kyle, Texas.

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