ABOUT OLDHAM COUNTY
Oldham County, rich in the history of Route 66 and Old Tascosa, is located 20 miles west of Amarillo. We have huge herds of cattle, miles of crops, wide-open ranchland and prairies, lots of cowboys, oil and wind energy, genuine people, and home to the small communities of Vega, Adrian, Wildorado, and Boys Ranch. The stars really do shine brighter here! Come see for yourself.
While here, make sure to visit our many AREA ATTRACTIONS, eat at one of our unique home-spun RESTAURANTS, shop at our SPECIALTY STORES, and make plans to attend one of our ANNUAL EVENTS.
Spotlight of the Month!
Featuring Oldham County Chief Deputy and Canine Handler,
Oldham County Spotlight for this week features Oldham County Chief Deputy and canine handler, Shawn Ballew. Ballew was born and raised in Dimmitt; being the oldest of seven children. Before pursuing in a career in law enforcement, he was the Director of Operations at two different Corporations for twelve years. Ballew has now been in law enforcement and serving in Oldham county for fifteen years and the chief deputy for three years. During his spare time, he enjoys traveling and spending time with his family and four granddaughters. Ballew chose to go into law enforcement because he knew it was a way to help people and serve our communities. He enjoys being able to meet people and given the chance to mission to the ones that might be low on their faith and don’t know Jesus. He appreciates being part of our county in many ways, such as having the freedom others don’t. “In Oldham county we are fortunate to have opportunities that we wouldn’t get in other places and have the relationship with people in our communities. There is an appreciation between law enforcement and the citizens of Oldham county that are not recognized in other areas of Texas,” stated by Deputy Ballew. “Our Sheriff’s office is unique, we give respect to our inmates that gives them positive energies and demonstrates to them we don’t want to be enemies, we just want to help them.”
Thank you, Chief Deputy Shawn Ballew, for serving Oldham county and the sacrifices you make to keep our people and communities safe!