Orange County Sheriff Keith Merritt announced this week that he has promoted Clint Hodgkinson to the position of Chief Deputy.
According to OSCO, Hodgkinson is a lifelong resident of Orange County. He has attended both Lamar University and the Lamar Institute of Technology. In 1994, he began a career as a corrections officer at the Mark W. Stiles prison unit in Beaumont. He was hired in 1997 by the Orange Police Department and attended the Lamar Regional Police Academy. As an officer with the City of Orange, he worked as a patrol officer and eventually became a field training officer for new hires. In 1999, Hodgkinson was promoted to Detective. After about a year as a Detective, Hodgkinson left law enforcement to pursue another career. He quickly found that his calling was strictly in serving others, and knew law enforcement was where he needed to be.
He applied with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office to be a Reserve Deputy in September of 2002. Within a week, he was hired as a Corrections Officer in the Jail at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. One month later, a Patrol Deputy position became available and he promoted to that position. A year later, in October of 2003, Hodgkinson tested for an open Patrol Corporal position and obtained the promotion. A Patrol Sergeant test was conducted in March of 2005, and again Hodgkinson was the top candidate with the highest overall score, and was promoted to Patrol Sergeant. When Sheriff Merritt came into office in January of 2009, Hodgkinson was promoted to the Patrol Captain position, according to reports from the agency.
Chief Hodgkinson has also served on the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team for the last nine years. He is currently the Commander of the team. Hodgkinson holds a Master Peace Officer certificate, and is certified as a Law Enforcement Instructor, Field Training Officer, Firearms Instructor, Stop Stick Instructor, and Patrol Rifle Instructor.