Q&A with Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez – Lee HS Class of 1987

Staff Reports

In the Fall 2018 Edition of the printed Wisdom Chronicle, we had the opportunity to ask Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez some questions. Gonzalez is a graduate of our high school when it was named Lee, back in the Class of 1987.

What are your most vivid memories of your time spent at Lee High School?
I loved my time at Lee. I enjoyed learning from teachers and time spent with friends. Key moments that occurred during that time period included the NASA Challenger tragedy (I was in class when it occurred) and also our Houston Astros making a playoff run. In 2012, I was proud to be inducted into the Lee High School Alumni Hall of Fame.

Did you envision yourself ever becoming the Sheriff of Harris County while you were a student here at Lee and in Houston ISD?
I believed in my abilities but had not yet finalized any career goals. My thoughts in high school were to pursue a career in either architecture, business, or law.

What were the most important lessons you learned while in class and about life from your school teachers?
I gained the value of working hard and being good to others.

School Safety is a very important issue facing our country now. What can the Harris County Sheriff’s Office do to help keep our schools safe from dangerous intruders?
School Safety is more important than ever. We have met with our counterparts from different school districts and continue to seek ways to collaborate on both training and information sharing.

What are some of the other initiatives that you would like to work on as the Sheriff to improve public safety and support the City of Houston Police Department?
We believe in being innovative and collaborative. We work closely with the Houston Police Department and other public safety agencies to keep our region safe, and we support approaches that are evidence-based and smart on crime.