KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
March 6, 2020
By Natalie Cook Clark
A familiar face, Major Chad Norvell, will have his name listed as the Republican candidate for Fort Bend County Constable, Precinct 3. Norvell won with over 60% of the primary vote against two opponents.
Chad and Amy Norvell often attend events in the community.
Knows the Community
Major Chad Norvell hopes to represent the community in a new role. On Super Tuesday, he won the primary election to be the Republican nominee for Fort Bend County Constable, Precinct 3.
"I thank everyone for their vote of confidence and look forward to continuing to serve my community," says Norvell.
Currently, Norvell is third in command at the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office and oversees Patrol and Criminal Investigations, as well as media and social media.
For 26 years, he has lived in Katy, and served in law enforcement in Fort Bend County for all 26 years. In 2008, he acted as the Precinct 3 Constable when Constable Troy Nehls took leave to serve overseas with the U.S. military.
“I know the people,” says Norvell. “I know the area and I’m ready to jump in on day one.”
A Different Philosophy on Pursuit
One of Norvell’s goals is to modernize the department’s policies in regards to pursuit.
“I have a different philosophy about pursuit than what Precinct 3 currently does,” says Norvell. “For Precinct 3, it’s not worth the dangers that come with pursuit.”
Neighborhood HOA dues fund local constable deputies who are supposed to patrol their streets.
"I want to ensure that those deputies are staying in the neighborhoods that are paying for the service," says Norvell.
Norvell also believes that the department should be managed fiscally conservatively. He believes that elected officials need to keep county tax dollars in mind.
“I believe in true community policing,” says Norvell. “A police organization should never be measured by how many tickets they write but how they’ve contributed to the community."
Law Enforcement Career
Norvell graduated from Alief Hastings High School. After graduation, he joined the Marines and became an Infantryman. He got his first law enforcement job in 1993 with the Stafford Police Department and moved to the Sugar Land Police Department three years later.
In 2005, Norvell became the Chief Deputy for the Fort Bend County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office in Sugar Land. After eight years, he moved to the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office as a major.
Norvell has a bachelor's of science degree in organizational leadership from Mountain State University in West Virginia. He also attended Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command in Illinois.
Dedicated to Family and Community
Chad met his wife, Amy when she was a 911 dispatcher in Sugar Land. Now she works with the Katy-Fulshear Chamber of Commerce.
The Norvells regularly volunteer and give back to their community and are both Texas Master Naturalists. Together, they participate in an important Texas Parks and Wildlife program that teaches about all things native to Texas.
"We take baby alligators into schools to help students learn about our native wildlife," explains Norvell.
Norvell has served on Advisory Boards for three different Katy ISD schools and has taught various Junior Achievement programs. He also serves the community on the Barrow Group subcommittee of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Committee.
"I enjoy it as I’m in the pens with the kids and their pigs," he says.
Chad lives in Katy with Amy and their sons Brandon and Cody. Brandon attends the University of Houston, while Cody is a senior at Katy High School.
Constable Wayne Thompson currently serves as Constable for Precinct 3 in Fort Bend County. Thompson had filed for re-election but withdrew after Norvell filed to run.
Norvell already has a plan if he’s elected in November.
“I would first review everything and ensure we’re using our budget as we should be,” says Norvell. “We don’t need agencies overlapping their areas.”
Other Katy Primary Wins
Fort Bend County's current sheriff, Troy Nehls, will participate in a run-off election in May for the seat vacated by Republican Pete Olson, U.S. State Representative, District 22. His twin brother, Trevor Nehls will run to take over Troy's current position.