Twelve years ago, Jode Zavesky was preparing to become the sheriff of DeWitt County. Carl Bowen will take over Jan. 1, 2017, and it is Zavesky who has helped him. From his time as a dispatcher to becoming sheriff, Zavesky has been involved in law enforcement for quite a long time.
“Believe it or not, way back in the stone age days, while I was in high school, I was dispatching for the Goliad County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO),” Zavesky recalled. “Nowadays, it would be just unheard of. They [Goliad] had a full-time dispatcher during the week, but on weekends and nights, it was high school guys. Back then, there was no 911, so you called the sheriff’s office. Sometime my senior year, we went to 24-hour dispatching. I would dispatch all night, go home, take a shower and go to school.”
After graduating, Zavesky became a reserve in 1978 for GCSO. At that time he was a volunteer fireman and a sheriff reserve.