Captain Harley D. Lovings, Jr., was born in 1961 to Harley and Virginia Lovings in Corpus Christi Texas. Harley grew up in the Dayton and Cleveland areas of Southeast Texas playing sports and was active in FFA. After graduating from Cleveland High School, in 1979, he began working in a steel mill in Liberty Texas where he was promoted to foreman. Harley married his true love, Vickie Lovings, in 2004. Together they have two daughters and a son, one granddaughter and three grandsons.
Harley began his correctional career in November 1982 with the Texas Department of Corrections at the Ellis One Unit. He was a correctional officer working in the building providing security for death row offenders. He then transferred to work as a mounted security officer in the field. Harley provided supervision of 30 to 35 offenders working outside the compound performing various jobs such as picking cotton, peas, and bailing hay. Harley then transferred to the offender transportation department in 1985.
Harley was promoted through the ranks of the department until reaching the rank of Major. He was responsible for all offender transfers in the state of Texas to include state and federal court as well as all out of state extraditions. Harley’s department transferred between 500,000 to 550,000 offenders a year. Harley had 125 busses and 100 vans assigned in his fleet and 350 officers under his command. After his retirement from TDCJ in April 2010, Harley began working on a 6000 acre ranch where he performed various functions such as running heavy equipment and working with horses and cows.
Harley was appointed Captain/Jail Administrator for the San Jacinto County Sheriff's Office in 2013. His primary responsibility is managing all operations of the Detention Bureau. Captain Lovings is also responsible for managing our expanse fleet and other areas of the Sheriff's Office infrastructure. Captain Lovings brings a wealth of knowledge, expertise and experience to the Sheriff's Office.
Harley really enjoys his job and working with the community. Harley and Vickie are active members of the San Jacinto County Fair Board, Go Texan Committee, and the 105 Water Board along with various other activities in their community.