Carl R. Griffith

President and CEO

Judge Griffith brings 30+ years of public sector experience, including 10 years as County Judge, the county’s Chief Elected official and 8 years as Sheriff, both in Jefferson County, Texas. During his tenure as the county’s CEO, Judge Griffith was heavily involved in economic development issues, negotiating more than $23 billion in commercial and industrial projects. His vision to expand and diversify the region’s economic base created thousands of jobs. In addition, he spearheaded the campaign to establish a Public Power Pool which is a non-profit political subdivision corporation designed to save taxpayer dollars by aggregating power usage to procure the most cost-effective contracts. (

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  • Elected Jefferson County Texas Judge, 1996-2007
  • Elected Jefferson County Texas Sheriff, 1988-1996
  • Appointed by Governor Ann Richards to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education, 1991 and served as Chairperson, 1994-1996
  • Bachelor of Law Enforcement, Lamar University
  • Bachelor of Criminal Justice, Lamar University
  • Master’s Degree in Counseling

Judge Griffith brings a wide range of experience to GMJ, Inc including economic development, criminal justice, governmental affairs and working with industry.

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