July 9, 2022

By Natalie Cook-Clark

Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Mattie C. Provost has been named Melvin Drum’s 2022 Chief Deputy of the Year. This mom and grandma Katy believes she was brought into this profession to serve and to empower others to do the same.

FBCSO Chief Deputy Mattie C. Provost.

Honored after a true servant

This summer, Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office (FBCSO) Chief Deputy Mattie C. Provost was named the 2022 Melvin Drum Chief Deputy of the Year by the Texas Chief Deputies Association (TCDA.) The award prestigious is the TCDA’s highest honor, named after Ochiltree County Deputy Chief Melvin Drum.

“Expect nothing in return”

Chief Drum lost his life in the line of duty during a traffic stop related to domestic disturbances on March 28, 1987. He was known for his exceptional dedication to his community.

Deputy Chief Mattie Provost

“We go about our business every day expecting nothing in return,” says Mattie Provost, deputy chief. “Being recognized is great, but it’s not necessary for us to keep doing what we do. It’s inspiring to know that others are seeing your good works and good deeds.

This honor is just one of the Deputy Provost-in-Chief’s many accomplishments. She is the first woman to hold her position as Deputy Chief of the FBCSO since the office was established in 1837.

“Mattie Provost is an exemplary and respected leader who serves with excellence as Chief Deputy. I’m not surprised her peers recognize her that way,” Sheriff Fagan said.

Law enforcement was not his first career choice. When she earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Corrections and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice Management from Sam Houston State University, there was a hiring freeze, but the police department was hiring.

“I applied to the Houston Police Department against my parents’ wishes,” says Provost. “Everyone has an idea of ​​what police work is. It’s not about what you see on TV. She says there is so much administrative work and training.

She began her career with the Houston Police Department (HPD), working her way up to Deputy Chief. She retired from HPD in March 2017, with an honorable discharge.

“For me, being a police officer means having a servant’s heart,” explains Provost. “Even more so now because of the bad envelope of the industry. With a servant’s heart, we look at the bad and see the good.

The Chief Deputy Marshal spends a lot of time training FBCSO deputies so they can be the best for the county. Sheriff Fagan joins her in this session. Photo credit: FBCSO

Over three decades of service

She joined FBCSO in January 2021 and brings over three decades of professionalism to the agency.

“We normally see people having their worst day,” says Provost. “I take pride in defusing the situation and helping someone in what is a bad time for them.”

A Proud Mom and Grandma Katy

Mattie Provost is more than the chief deputy of the FBCSO. She is also a mother, grandmother and resident of Katy for three decades.

Provost lives in Firethorne and her three adult children and four grandchildren (ages 5, 7, 2 and 4 months) all live in Katy within 10 minutes of her.

She loves to shop and hang out at Katy Mills Mall and eat at Adriatic Italian Café by Buc-ees.

What many don’t know is that she is a sports enthusiast, especially when it comes to basketball.

“When I’m watching a game, I’m the loudest person in the room,” she says.

His three children loved the sport growing up and tried everything from Katy Youth Leagues to basketball. All of his children played sports in school, including basketball, and they even played in college. Now she can’t wait to see her grandchildren grow up and play sports.

“You have children so they can give you grandchildren,” Provost explains.

Provost accepts his award while Sheriff Fagan watches. Photo credit: FBCSO

Fort Bend County is blessed to have him

Provost is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy, Session #241, the Senior Management Institute for Police, and a graduate of Leadership Houston, Class XXV. She is a member of the Police Executive Research Forum, the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement. Certified Mediator and Crime Prevention Specialist in Texas.

She has also served on numerous committees in law enforcement as well as in the community.

“We are blessed to have him on our executive command team and our citizens of Fort Bend are even more blessed,” Sheriff Fagan said.

Provost considers it unfortunate that Chief Drum, for whom the award is named, is being recognized posthumously. Chief Drum was well known for his community involvement and dedication to service.

“This award lets me know I’m doing the right thing even when I doubt myself,” says Provost.


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