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Nederland

December 12, 2013

Constable's name to live on

County names building after "Shorty" Woods.

NEDERLAND — George W. “Shorty” Woods’ love for Jefferson County was no secret.

A Jasper native who grew up in San Augustine, Woods and wife Marcelle moved to Port Arthur in 1951 to take a job with Texaco Security. He was hired by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department in 1958, where he ascended to the rank of captain. In 1975, Woods was appointed to fill the office of constable in Precinct 7, where he remained for the next 21 years.

So when Precinct 2 Commissioner Brent Weaver decided the Mid County building, located at 7759 Viterbo Road in Beaumont, needed an official name, he didn’t have far to look.

“We all agreed this would be a special way to honor Shorty, as well as provide a name and identity to the Mid-County building, where his office was,” Weaver said.

Weaver made the motion to rename the building in Woods’ honor at the Aug. 26 meeting of the Commissioners’ Court. The court unanimously approved the motion, and on Wednesday, the Mid-County building officially became the George W. “Shorty” Woods Office Building.

Woods, who died Aug. 22, 2012, at the age of 92, left behind a legacy in Jefferson County. He was a charter member of the East Texas Peace Officers Association, as well an influential member of the JP and Constables Association of Texas. Woods was also a lifetime member of the Southeast Texas Law Enforcement Council, and many Jefferson County law enforcement officials count him as a mentor — among them his son, Jefferson County Sheriff Mitch Woods.

“He believed in family and doing his job, and he served our citizens proudly for 21 years,” Weaver said. “I know he would be proud.”

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