Orange County Judge
123 South 6th Street; Orange, Texas 77630 Phone: (409) 882-7070
Administrative Assistant: Bailey Aaron
Orange County Judge Dean T. Crooks was appointed his first term of office on May 2, 2018. As County Judge he presides over the five-member Commissioners' Court.
Judge Crooks was born in Oklahoma City, OK. As a young child, his parents, brothers, and sisters lived in Galveston, TX. His family moved to Port Arthur in 1976 where he was raised and graduated from Thomas Jefferson in 1988. Judge Crooks and his wife, Loren, have been married for twenty-two years and moved to Orange County in 1994 where they now live with their two children, Garrett and Catherine.
After graduation, Judge Crooks joined the U.S. Army and served as in intelligence analyst. He was stationed in Korea before earning a transfer to the National Security Agency. While there, he earned the Joint Services Achievement Medal for coordinating intelligence assets between the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps as well as civil resources. He completed four years of active duty and earned an honorable discharge from the Army.
After working briefly as a contract manager for a drug company in Beaumont, Judge Crooks enrolled in the Lamar University Corrections Academy held in conjunction with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department. After successfully completing training, he received a call to apply at the City of Beaumont Police Department.
Judge Crooks was hired in January of 1993 and successfully completed the police academy. He worked in patrol, the criminal investigation division, and briefly in narcotics. Judge Crooks was a field training officer before being promoted to sergeant in 2003. He worked as a patrol sergeant and detective. In 2011, he was promoted to lieutenant. He served as a watch commander and as the commander of the property crimes unit for Beaumont. In addition, he served in the Emergency Operations Center for the City of Beaumont in several different capacities over the years. During the time, he was in charge of budgets and payroll in the police department and in charge of the finance division of the EOC. At different times Judge Crooks worked with every agency in our area including fire, EMS, the DA's Office, as well as State and Federal agencies and retired honorably from the Beaumont Police Department on December 31, 2015.