The Waller County District Attorney’s Office is proud to have asked for and received help from State Representative Cecil Bell in sponsoring a bill during the 2015 Legislative Session that allows district attorneys to retain reserve investigators to assist with the duties of the office. This new law will allow retired officers and officers which may be pursuing employment in the private sector to serve as reserve peace officers for the D.A., and to conduct investigations and enforce laws in the county.
District Attorney Elton Mathis stated, “There are so many retired officers that have years of training and experience, and high levels of character that are looking for ways to continue to serve their communities. They are an invaluable resource for younger officers and local governments. I am pleased to announce that the first such investigator in the State of Texas has begun to work in my office, Mr. Harold Barthi.”
Harold Barthi has served as a peace officer in the State of Texas for 34 years. Mr. Barthi began his career as a Houston Police Officer after graduating from academy class 78, in 1977.
During his tenure with the Houston Police Department he has worked in many divisions: Patrol, Narcotics, Jail Division, office of the Chief of Police, Mayors Security Detail, Traffic & Accident Division as a Solo Motorcycle Officer and Federal Motor Carrier DOT unit.
He worked at the Harris County Sheriff’s Office as a Deputy in Mounted Patrol, Warrant Division, escorting felons arrested in other states back to Harris County, and was assigned to the Mental Health Unit of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, certified as a Mental Health Peace officer.
He is a licensed Peace Officer and Jailer; State Certified as a Master Peace Officer, Mental Health Officer, Instructor and recipient of the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Academic Recognition Award.
Mr. Barthi is a veteran of the United States Navy and is a life member of these organizations: Disabled American Veteran, Vietnam Veterans of America, American Legion, and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
The District Attorney’s Chief Investigator Eli Rivera says that “Harold’s years of experience and the knowledge that he brings to the table add another level of resources and insight into what I am building onto at the D.A.’s office.”