Joe M. Schultea, Jr., also known as “Joey”, was born in Houston, Texas to Joe and Peggy Schultea in 1957. Joe grew up playing football, track and field, baseball, and all the other things that kids got into in the 50’s -70’s. Joe attended Spring Woods High School and graduated Northbrook High School in 1975 in it's first graduating class. Joe attended Sam Houston State University majoring in English, minor in Journalism. In 1994, Joe married the love of his life, Stacey (Austin) Schultea. They are the proud parents of Cody and Shelby Schultea. They live near Huntsville Texas on their horse ranch, raising, training, and selling Foundation quarter horses. Joe has many outside interests, including his 44’ Sport fisherman Boat and his motorcycles. Joe has served as Treasurer and Sergeant-at-Arms in his club chapter of the Reguladores Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club. The Reguladores are a national group of law enforcement officers and their supporters who ride for fun while performing philanthropy for their respective geographical areas. Joe is an active member in the Sheriff's Association of Texas, The Texas Chief Deputy Association, the Western States Sheriff's Association, the International Chiefs of Police, the Texas Police Chiefs Association, the Texas Police Association, and numerous other Law Enforcement professional organizations. He is a lifetime director of the Houston Farm and Ranch Club, member of the Southwest Cattle Raisers Association, and life member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
Joe grew up in a law enforcement family. He answered his calling to law enforcement by starting as a dispatcher for several police departments in the Houston area from 1974 to 1977. In 1977 he joined the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and graduated the Harris County Sheriff’s Academy. His professional training includes the Law Enforcement Management Institute at Sam Houston State University in addition to over 2000 of hours of specialized law enforcement training throughout his career. He worked in the jail and patrol bureaus. In 1980 he took a break and joined the US Navy. Joe worked in the Operations Division aboard the USS Buchanan - DDG14. His assignments included Intelligence and Naval Warfare Operations. After an honorable discharge as a Petty Officer in 1984, he returned to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. In 1987 he took on an assignment as one of the first three Canine Deputies (along with then “Deputy” Greg Capers) for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. Joe successfully worked with the Canine Division, eventually becoming a Police Canine Trainer, until his retirement in January 2002. In addition to earning his Master Peace Officer Certification, Joe received his Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) certification, various Homeland Security certifications, numerous Tactical Law Enforcement Certifications, and has received extensive training on Executive Protection.
In January 2002, Joe was appointed Chief of Police for the City of Patton Village, Texas. Joe was responsible for rebuilding that flailing department from the ground up. When Joe retired from Patton Village in 2012, the agency had received numerous accolades from the community and, to this day, continues to be a professional and recognized law enforcement organization. After Patton Village, Joe served as a reserve detective for Sheriff James Walters in San Jacinto County. Upon Sheriff Walter’s death the interim appointed Sheriff reorganized the department and Joe took on the position as Detective Sergeant with the Splendora ISD Police Department, handling internal investigations and serving as a consultant to the Chief of Police.
Joe joined the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office in November 2014 when Sheriff Greg Capers asked him to serve as his Chief Deputy for the Sheriff’s Office. In addition to being the 'Second in Command' and the Sheriff’s Executive Assistant, Joe’s duties include managing all Operations of the Sheriff's Office; Supervising and assisting the Command Staff; Custodian of Sheriff's Office Records; Public Information Officer; Budget Officer; and Professional Standards and Integrity Commander. Joe still finds time to entertain his first love - working Patrol - while proudly and honorably serving the citizens of San Jacinto County, Texas.
On June 2, 2017, after over 40 years of honorable service to law enforcement, Joe stepped into retirement. He continued to serve San Jacinto County as the Reserve Chief Deputy, leading the Sheriff's Reserve Bureau.
On May 19, 2018, at Sheriff Capers' request, Joe returned to full-time service as the commander over the Operations Bureau, overseeing all law enforcement operations for the Sheriff's Office. Captain Schultea also serves as the Public Information Officer for the Sheriff's Office.