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The Professional Association of Court Security Officers comprises a team of highly skilled persons with multi-year law enforcement experience from different agencies, offices and departments around the nation.

Each of these individuals has proven themselves through determination and intelligence to have provided the necessary discipline and fortitude to close multiple criminal cases for their various agencies.

Because of this experience, they have been chosen after a lengthy background investigation by the United States Marshals Service in conjunction with the Federal Office of Personnel Management to be the front line security for the Federal Judiciary within the United States and its Territories.

Each of the Court Security Officers are sworn Federal Law Enforcement Officers while on duty. We are given a Special Deputization as Special Deputy United States Marshals.

As a close knit team, we ensure the safety of all of the judiciary family as well as all members of the public conducting their business within the multiple federal courthouses in the Federal 5th Judicial District in the Southern District of Texas.

To anyone who visits any of the federal courthouses in the Southern District of Texas we welcome you and are here to help and serve you on a daily basis.

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John Lynch
Union Steward-Houston

I am a 12 year law enforcement veteran from the Denver metro area. I was a Patrol Deputy for the majority of my law enforcement career. I was a member of the Honor Guard, Riot Control Team and an Arrest Control Instructor.

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Gordon "Mike" Garrett

34 year veteran of the Houston Police Department.  I have served as a CSO for 2.5 years. I am honored to serve as your P.A.C.S.O. representative.

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Jerome Powell
2cd Vice-President

Jerome Powell retired August-31-2021 after more than thirty-six (36) years as a Law Enforcement professional.
Powell worked over 25 years with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and rose to the rank of Captain before retirement, effective August-31-2009.
Powell joined the Lone Star College Police Department in 2010 and became the department’s first Deputy Chief of Police in 2010 and retired in August-2021. 
Powell joined the CSO Houston team on 8-20-2021. He was elected to the PACSO Board in March of 2022 as 2ND Vice President. 
His pledge is to treat each member with dignity and respect I will diligently work with other board members and Centerra to ensure that CSO salary is commensurate with the Department of Labor (DOL) regional standards.

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Sean Lynch
Secretary / Treasurer

My name is Sean Lynch and I want to thank you for selecting me to serve as your PACSO Secretary/Treasurer.  I bring with me over 35 years work experience to this position.  My background consists of 32 years with the federal government, of which, 26 years were spent in federal law enforcement as a U.S. Postal Inspector.  Since 2019, I have worked as a Security Manager at an air cargo facility, and most recently as a CSO in Houston.  Based on my background and experience, I want to ensure that you come to work in a safe environment.  I know that transparent communication and employee training is essential and I will work to improve this need through all levels of the CSO program.  I believe in a fair and equitable environment and welcome any questions or discussion you may have that will improve our PACSO workplace.

Mike Powell
Sergeant at Arms

I served 8 years with the TX DPS as a Highway Patrol trooper, afterwards serving 25 years as an investigator with AT&T. I have spent 14 years as a CSO in Houston and have had various positions in PACSO. I am proud and honored to serve you all once again.

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