Eric W. Fagan has been a resident of Fort Bend County since 1991. He has been married to his high school sweetheart, Jacqueline, for 34 years and they have two children. A daughter, Dr. Fallon Fagan, who is a physician, currently doing her residency and a son, Patrick, who passed away in a tragic car accident in 2013.
Eric earned both a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a Master of Science degree in Juvenile Forensic Psychology from Prairie View A&M University. Upon graduation with his Bachelor of Science degree from Prairie View A&M, he went on to serve as an investigator of welfare fraud and child abuse for the State of Texas. During his employment with the State, he investigated and solved several welfare fraud cases. He later joined the Houston Police Academy and then went on to work in the City Marshal’s Division under renowned Chief E.J. String fellow.
He continued his employment with the Houston Police Department after the merger of the Marshal’s Division. He was assigned to Southeast Patrol, Beechnut Patrol, Westside Patrol, D.A.R.E., Recruiting, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Protection Detail and Executive Assistant Chief Troy Finner’s office during his stellar 31-year career.
Eric Fagan’s career gave him hands-on experiences where he actually patrolled the streets of the city of Houston, the 4th largest city in the United States as a patrol officer, where he personally handled cases and investigated aggravated robberies, sexual assaults, family violence, narcotics, burglaries and thefts, gangs and homicides. In doing these different jobs with the police department, Fagan received numerous awards and commendations for his work, which includes one of the highest awards given in law enforcement, he is a three-time recipient of the Officer of the Year for his investigative skills capturing a capital murder suspect, community outreach helping families in crisis and what he is most proud of, saving the life of a six-month old baby girl. He brings a track record of achieving excellence, and his natural leadership abilities offer a unique talent for assessing urgent situations and resolving critical issues quickly and accurately.
While serving in the Alternative Dispute Resolution Division at HPD and mediating over 200 cases, he has a 100 percent success rate of reaching an agreement between parties, Officers, Supervisors, Citizens and Civilians in disputes during mediation.
The experience of working on the protection detail for the mayor of the 4th largest city in the United States gave Fagan the opportunity to work with world leaders, government officials from different municipalities and plan for catastrophic events that occurred in the city of Houston. Eric is certified by The Texas Department of Public Safety in dignitary protection. This training taught him how to protect domestic and foreign dignitaries and how to be on alert for possible terroristic and domestic threats. During Super Bowl LI he worked with the NFL security team, the FBI, Homeland Security, Metro, Harris County Sheriff’s Department and other law enforcement municipalities around the city of Houston in planning and protecting over one million citizens and visitors who attended the festivities.
As president of the African American Police Officers’ League, Eric worked alongside the Houston Police Officers’ Union negotiating a $780 million-dollar budget. These negotiations included: salary, contracts, insurance and equipment for a police force in the 4th largest city in the United States with over 5,000 law enforcement officers, not including the non-classified employees. Because of his leadership during his tenure as president, he was named President Emeritus of the African American Police Officers’ League.
After retirement from the Houston Police Department in June of 2017, Eric continued his passion for serving others and helping the community when he partnered with Unlimited Visions Aftercare, Inc., to bring the Building a Community of Hope Summit to the Sunnyside area of Houston where he grew up. He wrote a play, “The Law of Parties”, which was performed at the event that demonstrates how someone can be involved in a crime by simply being with the wrong person at the wrong time.
Eric holds a Jailer certification, Instructor certification, Master peace officer certification all from Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE). He also received active shooter training from the Houston Police Academy. He is certified as an arbitrator by the Better Business Bureau, and certified as a mediator through the Dispute Resolution Center. Eric is certified by the Texas Department of Public Safety for Dignitary Protection.
Eric is a member of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Transition Team for Public Safety, Fort Bend County District Attorney Brian Middleton’s Transition Team for Criminal Justice Reform, African American Police Officers’ League, Houston Police Officers’ Union, International Police Association (IPA) and National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE).
Eric Fagan will be ready on day one to take on the role of Sheriff of Fort Bend County. The issues that face law enforcement are real and can be a matter of life or death both for the officers and the citizens we serve. We need someone who has done actual police work for the job and has a proven track record of good policing. Fagan possess the qualities of a leader: longevity in his chosen field, and hands-on experience doing all types of police work. He has been consistently commended and endorsed by the men and women who have worked alongside him during his 34-year law enforcement career and know his work ethic, character and integrity.
ABOUT ERIC FAGAN
"Patrick's Project will honor the memory of our beloved son, Patrick Wayne Fagan. Patrick was actively involved in the community through Top Teens of America, Inc., the Houston Police Department Blue Santa Program and the Child Developing Center, Inc., which was the Fagan Family Community Service Project. He enjoyed giving and gave unselfishly of himself to others. The quality of leadership possessed by Patrick earned him a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do after five years of intense training. He enjoyed playing tennis and was a four-year varsity letterman and the recipient of the prestigious Pioneer Award. He was a member of USTA (United States Tennis Association) and played with Femi Thomas Tennis Pro International.
He attended the Imani School, Lutheran South Academy High School and Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA). Among Patrick's many activities while attending SFA, he joined the tennis club, pledged with the Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) Fraternity, played on the Steen East Intramural Basketball Team and participated in the Campus Crusade for Christ Ministry. Our family has partnered with Unlimited Visions Aftercare, Inc., (UVA) to do "Patrick's Project", which is a vision he had to provide tennis lessons for underprivileged and underserved children in the community. It was Patrick's belief that there are many scholarship opportunities for children who play tennis and that those scholarship opportunities could lead to a college education and a way out of poverty for young kids so that they can have better lives. When Patrick's vision was shared with the the CEO of UVA, Marilyn Jones, she said, "That is something that we can make happen to honor his memory." Patrick's Project will provide the youth at UVA's residential facility with fitness, discipline, and teamwork through tennis to aid in long-term recovery.