Abbott Visits Texas Crime Victims’ Institute Advisory Council

Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed David Schwartz and reappointed Hector Villarreal to the Texas Crime Victims’ Institute Advisory Council for a term set to expire on January 31, 2024. Additionally, the Governor has appointed Representative Andrew Murr and reappointed Abigail Brookshire, Libby Hamilton, Senator Joan Huffman, Emmitt Jackson, Jr., Brandi Reed, Erleigh Wiley, and Lee Ann Breading to the Council for terms set to expire on January 31, 2025. The Council is charged with conducting an in-depth analysis of the impact of crime on victims, close relatives of deceased victims, guardians of victims, and society.

Emmitt Jackson, Jr. of Argyle is chief of police for the Argyle Police Department. Previously, he was employed with the Dallas Police Department for 15 years until he resigned as a lieutenant to serve as Chief of Police for the City of Keene.

He is a member of the Texas Police Chiefs Association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Jackson received a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from The University of North Texas and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Lamar University.

Lee Ann Breading of Denton is the District Judge of the 462nd Judicial District Court. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Board of Directors for the Texas Center for the Judiciary and former president of the Denton County Bar Association. She is board certified in criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Breading received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and a Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University School of Law. These appointments are subject to Senate confirmation.