Robert Hobbs enjoyed a law enforcement and prosecution career lasting over four decades. Beginning in 1977 Robert served with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department as a Corrections Officer, District Court Bailiff and Patrol Officer. In 1981 he transferred to the Jefferson County Criminal District Attorney’s Office as a Criminal Investigator while attending college part-time. In 1987 he graduated from Lamar University with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. He returned to the Sheriff’s Department in 1991 serving as a Supervisor in Internal Affairs. From 1992 to 1996 he served as the Commander and Project Director of the federally funded Jefferson County Narcotics Task Force with dedicated officers from seven local police agencies.
Robert received his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree in 1996 from the South Texas College of Law – Houston. Robert then returned to the Jefferson County Criminal District Attorney’s Office serving as an Assistant District Attorney in the Trial Division litigating the entire range of criminal offense from misdemeanors to murder cases. He entered federal service in 1999 as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas where he served in the General crimes, the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). Lead OCDETF Attorney and Deputy Criminal Chief and Attorney in charge of the Beaumont and Lufkin Divisions.