Mark Donaldson

Sheriff's Office Administration


Sheriff Mark Donaldson, born at Midland Memorial Hospital in 1954 though his parents lived in Odessa. Mark has lived in Odessa since he came home from the hospital. He graduated from Permian High School in 1972.  He then attended Odessa College where he earned an associate degree in Police Science. He went on to earn a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Texas-Permian Basin in 1977.

He married his lovely wife, Debbie, in 1978. They have two sons, Luke and John, who both attented college away from home. Luke and his wife Shauna presented Mark and Debbie with their first granddaughter, Allison, in 2007.  They live and work out of state. John returned to the Permian Basin, where is now employed.

Mark began his law enforcement career at the Odessa Police Department in 1977 where he served as a police officer until 1978, at which time he went to work for the Ector County Sheriff's Office.  He worked for the Sheriff's Office until 1998, working his way from Deputy through Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, Inspector and Chief Deputy.  During the Yearwood administration he went to work as Chief Bailiff for Ector County Courthouse Security where he remained until 2001, at which time he was elected as Sheriff of Ector County, his present position.

Sheriff Donaldson holds a Master Peace Officer license.  He graduated from the FBI National Academy in 1984, and has in excess of 4200 training hours on file with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education.

During his tenure as sheriff, Mark has made many improvements at the Sheriff's Office, including:

  • Construction of a shooting range at the Law Enforcement Center
  • Enhanced firearms training with training simulator
  • Implementation of Project Lifesaver
  • Implementation of a working inmate program
  • Formation of a Special Investigations Unit
  • Formation of a Special Operations Response Team in the detention center
  • In-car video in all patrol units
  • Acquisition of body armor for all street deputies
  • Acquisition of Tasers for street deputies and detention personnel
  • Computers in marked vehicles
  • Implemented a more structured training program for employees
  • Implemented a crime analysis unit
  • Brought the Detention Center into compliance with State Jail Standards
  • Salary increases for employees
  • and many others

Chief Deputy David Bright grew up in Odessa, Texas and graduated from Odessa High School in 1968.
David entered law enforcement in the early 70's working for the Odessa Police Department. In 1982, he accepted a position with the Ector County Sheriff's Offic, worked as a patrol officer, achieved the rank of Sergeant, and later made Lieutenant. He was promoted to the position of Captain in 1997.
David then took a position with the County Attorney as an Investigator from 1997 to 2001, when he returned to the Sheriff's Office as Captain until he moved to the position of Inspector in 2010. In 2014 David was promoted to Chief Deputy.

Chief Deputy David Bright is a 1995 graduate of the FBI National Academy located in Quantico, VA.

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Billy Clark was born and raised in Odessa. He attended Odessa schools, graduating from Odessa High School in 1969.

Billy began his law enforcement career at the Odessa Police Department in 1976. He came to the Sheriff's Office in 1981.
Over the years Billy worked his way through the ranks. Billy was promoted to Sergeant within the Narcotics Division. In 1996 he took on the job of Criminal Investigations Division Sergeant. He was then promoted to Lieutenant with in the Criminal Investigation Division, a position he held until 2009 when he was promoted to Captain over the Crime Control Bureau.

Billy was recently promoted to the rank of Inspector, which is third in command of the Sheriff's Office. This position has the responsibility of assisting the Chief Deputy and the Sheriff in all aspects of operations within the Sheriff's Office.

Billy has a total of 33 years with the Sheriff's Office.

Inspector Clark is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.


Captain Roddy Eaton was born and raised in Odessa, and is a 1981 graduate of Odessa High School.
He started his career with the Ector County Sheriff's Office in 1986, working in the jail. He was moved to patrol in 1988.
Roddy worked his way through the ranks as an investigator, Patrol Sgt, Patrol Lt, CID Lt, to his current postion as Captain over the Crime Control Bureau. He was promoted to that postion in January of 2014.

Captain Roddy Eaton is a graduate of the 215th Session of the FBI National Academy.

Gary Fields was born in Snyder, Scurry County, Texas. After graduation from Snyder High School, he attended Sul Ross State University, where he graduated with a bachelor of science degree.

He went to work for the Ector County Sheriff's Office in 1989 as a detention officer and worked up the ladder to Captain/Jail Administrator, his current position.