Assistant Chief Armando Tello
Assistant Chief Armando Tello enters his 35th year in Law Enforcement holding leadership positions at both City of Houston and Harris County agencies. After serving 26 years with the Houston Police Department, Asst. Chief Tello continued his service in the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and the Harris County Precinct 6 Constable’s Office.
Asst. Chief Tello began his career with HPD in 1982 as a patrol officer assigned to the North Shepherd Patrol Division. Over the course of his career, Asst. Chief Tello was assigned to a variety of specialized units including the City of Houston’s Jail, Special Investigations Command, Gang Tactical Unit, Burglary and Theft Division, the Mayor’s Anti-Gang Office and the Office of Professional Development.
In 2008, then Sheriff Adrian Garcia tapped Tello to serve as a Major and Special Assistant to the Sheriff at the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. In 2013, Sheriff Garcia promoted Tello to Chief Deputy overseeing the Law Enforcement Command including the Office of the Inspector General and Internal Affairs Division, Homeland Security, Criminal Investigations, Special Operations and Crime Prevention and Patrol Bureaus.
In 2014, newly sworn Harris County Precinct 6 Constable Heliodoro Martinez Jr. asked Tello to become his Chief Deputy. There, his knowledge and experience was a catalyst to bring reform and accountability to the Precinct 6 Constable’s Office.
In recognition of his many career accomplishments, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez selected Tello to serve as the Assistant Chief overseeing the Law Enforcement Command.
Assistant Chief Armando Tello holds a Master Peace Officer’s License and an Instructor’s Certification from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. He also has had extensive training in crime prevention, community service, gang prevention, international terrorism, human behavioral studies, hate crimes, and took part in the elite U.S. Secret Service Dignitary Protection Program.
Off duty, Asst. Chief Tello has spent 18 years coaching High School and Gold Tournament level softball. He is passionate about charitable pursuits assisting young ladies obtain college scholarships to pursue their athletic and educational careers.
About the Law Enforcement Command
The Law Enforcement Command is comprised of the Patrol, Homeland Security, Criminal Investigations Bureau, Crime Analysis and Training and the Communication and Technology Bureaus. He additionally leads the Reserve Command.