(San Antonio)  Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar, on Friday, January 6, 2017, appointed Don Tijerina to the position of Chief Deputy, second in command, of the Bexar County Sheriffs Office. 

Chief Deputy Tijerina is currently serving on the HAPCOA National Board of Directors as its Director Emeritus and in 2015 served as its National President.

Chief Deputy Tijerina joined the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office in 1992 and was previously serving as a Patrol Captain. He began his career with the Sheriff’s Office in the Detention Division, with his last assignment in that division working as a Classification Officer. Chief Deputy Tijerina rose through the ranks, working in numerous law enforcement assignments including Court Security, Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Criminal Warrants, and was also the Commander of the Professional Standards and Integrity Division.

Chief Deputy Tijerina is a graduate of the FBI National Academy - Session 231, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) / HAPCOA Leadership Program, the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Leadership San Antonio - Class 31, the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Alex Briseno Leadership Development Program, and the Bexar County Leadership Development Program. Don received his Bachelor’s degree from Wayland Baptist University.

Chief Deputy Tijerina is a proud veteran, retiring from the Texas Air National Guard with over 21 years of service at the rank of Master Sergeant.


Chief Paul Chapa, HAPCOA Secretary Roger Lozano and 2015 National President Don Tijerina welcome POTUS to San Antonio, TX.


Chief Deputy Tijerina and HAPCOA Executive Director Chapa meet with Department of Justice Officials in Washington, DC.