Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Mattie Provost, well rounded, with wealth of experience

SESHADRI KUMAR
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Fort Bend County’s new sheriff, Eric Fagan, who set a record as the second Black sheriff in the county, to be elected after a hiatus of 151 years, also broke new ground in hiring a woman as the first Chief Deputy in the sheriff’s office.

Neither color nor gender was a factor in his hiring Mattie Provost as his Chief Deputy, but her exceptional law enforcement experience for over three decades made all the difference.

Described as a “Dynamic and assertive law enforcement professional and a proven leader,” Provost will be an alter ego of Sheriff Fagan as her primary function is to manage all aspects of the FBCSO and conduct the business of the office in the Sheriffs absence.

Provost retired from the Houston Police Department in March 2017, with an honorable discharge.

A resident of Fort Bend County, she is excited to be a part of Sheriff Fagan’s Command Staff.

Provost’s resume depicts her as a proponent of community policing and establishing relationships that add trust, transparency and legitimacy to the law enforcement profession.

Profound knowledge in internal investigations, implementation of public safety programs, emergency response, policy & procedure development, budget planning & management and media & public relations are her other assets.

She is adept at conducting investigations and diffusing potentially volatile situations with tact and diplomacy.

Exceptional communicator with notable success in management of operations focused on crime reduction, the use of technology as a force multiplier, Provost can help overall in the enhancement of the quality of life across the community.

As a forerunner to her current assignment, Provost had a similar work experience as the chief of the West Patrol Command of HPD from Sept. 2014 to March, 2017, when she retired.

This position included executive responsibilities over Patrol Operations with a budget in excess of $70 million.

It involved oversight of the Differential Response Team unit including the Convenience Store Taskforce and supervise area commanders.

In addition, she served as Chairperson of the Crash Review Board, Co-Chair of the Training Committee, and Executive member of the Labor Relations Committee and Critical Incident Review Board.

She developed liaisons with communities within designated areas in an effort to determine crime risks, incorporate educational opportunities and apply appropriate crime reductions strategies.

She ensured policies and procedures are followed regarding criminal investigations, crash investigations, citizen interactions, and use of force incidents and was instrumental in de-escalating violent crowds and ensuring public safety as well as protection of property during public protest scenes.

From July, 2012 to March 2017 she held the title of Assistant Chief with HPD.

From July 2012 to Sept. 2014, she was in the Professional Standards Command with executive oversight the following divisions: Training, Inspections, Internal Affairs and Psychological Services.

From 2005 to 2012, she was a Lieutenant and in 2014, was promoted to Captain.

From Sept. 1997 — Feb. 2002, she was an investigator at the Internal Affairs Division.

Provost obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminology and Corrections and Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Management, from Sam Houston State University.

Provost is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) National Academy, Session #241, the Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP) and a graduate of Leadership Houston, Class XXV.

She is a member of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement (NOBLE). She earned the Texas Law Enforcement Master Peace Officers’ Certificate, is a certified mediator, Texas Crime Prevention Specialist, and has served as an executive member of the Labor Relations Committee.

She has served on numerous committees within the law enforcement arena as well as in the community.

Provost’s passion for giving back to the community is apparent as she has mentored students in the Houston, Spring, and Katy Independent School Districts. She believes her volunteerism will build stronger communities.