January 1, 1973, to
December 31, 1976
Eldon Moyers was born on February 11, 1923, in Ranger, Texas. He came to Wise
County as a young man, and attended school in Decatur. He left school and joined the navy.
He served in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. He retired from the Navy with thirty-seven
years in the service.
Moyers worked as a police officer for the Fort Worth Police Department for
twelve and a half-years. He left the department to return to the navy.
He was elected on November 7, 1972, and served until January 1, 1977. During his
administration, a new jail was built. The new jail was located on the northeast corner of
the square. In the early seventies, the state announced that many jails were classified as
inadequate, this included Wise County. At the time of this announcement, J.R. Branch and
his family were living in the jail that was built in 1883. The mortar between the bricks
was so decayed that it could be scraped away with a fingernail.
Funding for the jail was allocated and in 1973, and an architectural firm out of
Fort Worth was contacted to design it. Plans were presented and they included not only the
jail and the sheriff's department but they also had added space for four other departments
as well. The commissioner's reviewed the plans and made the decision that they were not
feasible. Therefore, the commissioner's made the decision to build only a jail, which
would include office space for the sheriff's department, and living quarters for the
sheriff and his family.
The new jail cost $585,000.00. It opened on April 4, 1979. The only two
sheriff's to live in the second jail were Moyers and Rook Ramsey.
In addition, while in office, Moyers added a modern radio system and a Teletype
Eldon Moyers while in office worked many marijuana cases, causing a reduction in
cultivating and trafficking.