September 15, 2021

Precinct 3 Constable Kevin Stofle dies suddenly

 

Loss felt by friends, colleagues


Kevin Stofle.

Kevin Stofle
Precinct 3 Constable

By CHRISTOPHER DE LOS SANTOS

 

Williamson County Precinct 3 Constable Kevin Stofle died suddenly Monday morning at the age of 62. He was married to Laura Stofle and the couple had four children. His public service career spanned over 33 years.

County Judge Bill Gravell called Mr. Stofle a man of integrity, truth and character.

“Kevin Stofle was one of the most honorable men I know,” Mr. Gravell said. “He dedicated his life to serving others, which he did with courage and commitment. He was a role model for not only the deputies who served under him in the Precinct 3 Constable’s Office, but those he taught or mentored along the way.”

Mr. Stofle’s cause of death was not provided as of press time.

Mr. Stofle was a hardworking law enforcement officer who made serving the citizens of Williamson County his lifelong career, a statement from the Texas Municipal Police Association reads.

Mr. Stofle joined the Georgetown Police Department in 1982. Over the next 30 years he served at every level and in a management capacity in every division within the department, according to Williamson County public affairs. 

For 13 years he also served as Georgetown’s emergency management coordinator. He retired as the city’s assistant chief of police in 2012.

In 2013, Williamson County Commissioners appointed Mr. Stofle as constable of Precinct 3, the county said in a statement Monday. He ran for reelection unopposed in both 2016 and 2020. 

The loss of Mr. Stofle is felt deeply by the Texas Municipal Police Association, especially Executive Director Kevin Lawrence, who was Mr. Stofle’s roommate when they were young officers at Georgetown PD. 

Mr. Lawrence said that he remembers him as a man who truly embodied a public servant – a man of courage, honor, and discipline, even in his early days. His character exceeded his professional life and rippled out into the community, where he spent his spare time as a volunteer, mentor, coach, husband, and father. 

“Our prayers are with all of those affected by his sudden passing. He will be dearly missed and always remembered.” Mr Lawrence said. 

Colleagues mourn

Precinct 3 Commissioner Valerie Covey said she was heartbroken to hear of Mr. Stofle’s passing. 

“My prayers go out to Laura, their children and the Stofle family,” she said. “Although I’ve known Kevin for many years as our boys played sports together, I was blessed to know him much better working along-side him after he was appointed Constable Pct. 3. He was a godly man who lived his faith daily; a man of integrity who was an outstanding leader and someone that I could rely on as my constable. As fellow believers, I know I will see him again one day in Heaven, but I will surely miss him until then.”

Judge Evelyn McLean, justice of the peace Precinct 3, said that she and Mr. Stofle worked together for nearly 25 years. 

“Not only did we both retire from Georgetown PD, but we both ran emergency management together for the City of Georgetown and later became elected officials working as the Pct. 3 Constable and Justice of the Peace team,” Ms. McLean said.

“To work the death inquest of a close colleague and friend is devastating. My heart mourns for his wife and kids.”

Georgetown Acting Police Chief Cory Tchida, who has known Mr. Stofle since 1997, said that he felt heartbroken to hear of Mr. Stofle’s death Monday morning. 

“My prayers go out to Kevin and his family. Kevin was a leader to me from the day I started at the Georgetown Police Department in 1997, until the day he retired and took over duties as the constable,” Mr. Tchida said. 

Mr. Stofle was a mentor and he taught Mr. Tchida a great deal about not only policing, but Georgetown, the acting chief said. 

“My prayers go out to Kevin and his family. Kevin was a leader to me from the day I started at the Georgetown Police Department in 1997, until the day he retired and took over duties as the constable,” Mr. Tchida said. 

Mr. Stofle was a mentor and he taught Mr. Tchida a great deal about not only policing, but Georgetown, the acting chief said. 

“His loss is immeasurable to law enforcement, the Georgetown community, and most importantly, his family and friends,” Mr. Tchidia said.

Georgetown Fire Chief John Sullivan said Mr. Stofle’s legacy in Georgetown will not be forgotten. 

“We are all still numb from hearing the news of Kevin’s passing today. We will forever remember his selfless leadership, courage, and compassion,” Mr. Sullivan said Monday.

Georgetown Assistant Fire Chief Clay Shell said that he was shocked to hear of Kevin’s passing as well. 

“I had the pleasure of working with Kevin during his time with Georgetown and as the Precinct 3 constable. Kevin was a true community leader, but foremost he was my friend,” Mr. Shell said. 

Mr. Stofle will be truly missed, he said. 

“My thoughts and prayers go out to Laura, Colt, Lauren, Amanda, and the rest of the Stofle family,” Mr. Shell said.

Steve Armbruster, Chairman of the Williamson County Republican Party, told the Sun that he was deeply and truly saddened to hear of the passing of his friend Mr. Stofle.  

“He was an honorable and faithful man whose untimely passing will be felt by those in the law enforcement community, county government, and in the Republican party.  We are comforted in the knowledge that while he is no longer with us here, he is in the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ.  We mourn with his friends and family in this difficult time,” Mr. Armbruster said.  

Williamson County Democratic Party Chairperson Kim Gilby, said that she was surprised and saddened to hear of Mr. Stofle’s passing.  

“It’s terrible,” she said. “Williamson County Democrats send sincere condolences to his friends and family. My party members and I will keep his family and friends in our thoughts and prayers. Politics should not come into play in certain situations.”

The Precinct 3 Constable’s Office will be closed this week to honor the passing of Mr. Stofle. 

Taking over duties

When the Precinct 3 Constable’s Office returns to work next, Patrick Hurley, chief deputy in Precinct 3, would take over constable duties until a successor qualifies, a county spokesperson said.

“The Texas Local Government Code does not mandate that the commissioners court appoint a constable in the case of a vacancy; however, they have chosen to do that in the past,” said Connie Odom, director of public affairs for the county.

The constables were last elected in November 2020 and took office in January 2021, she said.