Denton County Chief Deputy Sheriff Blaise Mikulewicz was officially sworn in by Sheriff Benny Parkey during Commissioners Court Tuesday morning.
Mikulewicz was appointed by Parkey to fill the position that was vacated by former Chief Deputy Lee Howell, who left the Sheriff’s Office in October to become the Chief of Denton Police Department.
Mikulewicz, 53, was the former Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Dallas FBI Office and has been a law enforcement professional for 26 years, but he had to take and pass the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education peace officer examination to be licensed in the state. The examination is usually taken after a candidate has attended a police academy for five to six months and graduated. Mikulewicz passed the test on his first attempt after 90 days.
“I’m quite proud of his accomplishments, I’m quite proud to have him as part of our office and part of the county family,” Sheriff Parkey said. “Doing it in 90 days takes a lot of dedication and focus, plus I also had him working on the job—this was on his time.”
After being sworn in, Chief Mikulewicz thanked Professional Standards and Career Development Lieutenant Lindsey Jones.
“Early in the morning, through lunch, and late at night, Lin made it happen—she’s the one who helped me along,” he said. “It’s because of her effort and the support of Sheriff Parkey.”
Mikulewicz lives in Frisco with his wife of 27 years, Wendy. They have four children, two of whom are still living at home. He said the opportunity to have an impact at a local level was one of the major reasons he applied for the position.
“I hope to utilize my experience to leverage other local, state and federal resources to effectively attack crime problems facing the people who live and work in Denton County,” said Mikulewicz.