By George Slaughter
The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office announced a number of promotions this week, including two assistant chief deputies.
Assistant Chief Deputy Manuel Zamora began his career in 1981 with the Houston Police Department and has worked patrol, criminal investigations and administration. While with that department, he wrote a $2 million grant proposal for a real-time crime center. He also worked with product, equipment, software, policy and program analysis and evaluation.
After retiring from the Houston Police Department, Zamora helped build the undergraduate and graduate programs in border and homeland security at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Center for Security Studies at Angelo State University.
Zamora later served as chief deputy of the Waller County Sheriff’s office, where he managed all major event, including criminal investigations and field operations.
Zamora earned a bachelor’s degree criminal justice from the University of Houston. He later earned a master’s degree in sociology and criminology from UH-Clear Lake and a doctorate from the UH Graduate College of Social Work. His dissertation involved original research that studied crisis intervention and anger and aggression. He holds master peace officer certification and is a expert on violent crime and police policies and procedures.
Samora will lead the administrative bureau, including communications, grants, the Gus George Academy, human resources, public information office, support services, and other special projects. His wife, Houston Police Lt. Linda R. Zamora, pinned his badge at the promotion ceremony.
Assistant Chief Deputy Norman Wong has been in law enforcement for over 31 years with the Houston Police Department. He served as assistant chief for the last 10 years he was there. During that time, he led numerous divisions, and was the city’s inspector general.
As a member of the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office, Wong led the support services division. His wife pinned his badge at the promotion ceremony.
The department promoted Daila Simons to captain and Rodney Rodriguez to lieutenant.
The department promoted Michael Alexander, Blake Bondzinski, Jo Buihner, Alexander Hickey, Anthony Jambrik, Onyeka Nweke, and Jesse Zamaripa to sergeant.