District Attorney won’t seek re-election

Healey has been in office since 1992

Fort Bend County District Attorney John Healey

Fort Bend County District Attorney John Healey announced to his staff Friday that he will not seek re-election.

Healey has been Fort Bend’s district attorney since Nov. 18, 1992, and thereafter won election to six consecutive terms. Healey indicated to the somber assembly that he still very much enjoyed the challenges of being district attorney and felt he could continue to be a positive influence on the Fort Bend County criminal justice system. He further mentioned that he felt comfortable in his decision to retire as of Dec. 31, 2018, the end of his current term.

“In the book of Ecclesiastes, we are told that ‘to every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven,’” he said.

Healey noted that there was a season to work, and a season to turn from work.

“I have no other plans than to spend more time in retirement with Theo, my wife of 39 years,” he said.

Public service has come with the price of sacrificing too much family time. In addition to traveling together, we intend to visit with our brothers and sisters and their children and grandchildren. Having never had children of our own, it makes turning our attention to our extended family that much easier,” Healey said.

In addition to travelling, Healey plans to continue to be active in the Exchange Club of Fort Bend. Healey would also like to become a mentor to children and a baseball coach, “if a non-profit organization and a youth baseball program will have me,” a smiling Healey told his staff.

Healey’s tenure as district attorney has been a reflection of the growth in Fort Bend County’s population, and the services expected by it. Healey inherited an office of 16 prosecutors in 1992. Through Healey’s stewardship, 64 prosecutors now work for the county, many of whom specialize in delivering more expert service in the prosecution of cases involving child abuse, domestic violence, narcotics and gangs, juvenile law, defendants with mental health issues, economic crimes, class A, B, and C misdemeanors, and appellate issues. “I’m proud of the difference that we have made to enhance the quality of life for our families, friends and neighbors”, Healey said. “The greatest adaptation to retirement will be missing the daily interaction with some of the most decent, hardworking and talented public servants in the great State of Texas. I am grateful to the public that has entrusted me with the privilege of serving them.”

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