UPDATED: Monday, November 5, 2012 - 3:35pm
Waco, TX — Willie Tompkins was born in Louisiana and moved to Waco to attend Paul Quinn college in the late sixties and never left.
“When I finished Paul Quinn, I went straight into the Waco police academy. First full-time job I ever had was as a police officer," said Tompkins.
Even though Willie prides himself on his law-enforcement record, he says he’s much more than that. He was a teacher at both Waco and Robinson independent school districts and even a pastor for over thirty years.
“So I’m able to balance out, have compassion with folk to cause true law enforcement to happen," said Tompkins. "It’s not just about putting people in jail all the time. It’s about looking at the situation and making a common sense choice to what’s going on.”
Tompkins stressed that the role of a sheriff is to be strong on crime, but give everybody a square deal.
"An old arrest years ago said to me 'You were hard, but you were fair.' And that’s me; I’m going to be fair with every citizen of McLennan County," said Tompkins.
So with the final 24 hours waning, I asked him straight up….
“Do you think you are an underdog?”
“Yes, yes I do," said a calm Tompkins.
However, Willie also says he’s confident. And with so little time left in his sheriffs bid, Willie is staying positive.
Tompkins said, "I’ve always loved this place and even though it has problems, these problems can be solved, they can be forgiven. And if we all work together, and come together, we can make a great difference.”