Meet #WTFix 2018 speaker, Sheriff Sally Hernandez!
Elected in November 2016, Sally is serving her first term as Sheriff of Travis County, Texas. Uniquely qualified for such a challenging leadership role, Hernandez has worked in law enforcement for nearly 35 years – 30 of which have been in Travis County.
Passionate about the plight of mentally ill people, she has begun working to alleviate the unfortunate trend in county jails of inmates incarcerated as a result of crimes committed solely due to the fact that they suffer from mental illness. In fact, more than one-third of inmates in the county jail suffer from mental illness. Partnering with NAMI of Austin and other professionals, she is committed to decreasing that number significantly. She also serves as co-chair of the Children’s Mental Health Task Force, a team of community leaders dedicated to coordinate a five-year plan to improve the wellness of children and youth in Travis County.