Commissioners approve renaming Baytown courthouse in honor of slain deputy constable

By Aaron Barker - Senior Web Editor

HOUSTON - Harris County commissioners voted Tuesday to rename the courthouse in Baytown in honor of Assistant Chief Deputy Constable Clint Greenwood, who was killed there earlier this month.

Greenwood, 57, was ambushed April 3 in the courthouse parking lot as he was arriving for work. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Jack Mormon, who represents the Baytown area, spoke before calling for approval of the measure.

“We're renaming this courthouse not because of the tragedy that took place there, but because of the incredible life that Chief Greenwood led, and the inspiration that he provided to so many people,” Mormon said.

Harris County Pct. 3 Constable's Office

Harris County Precinct 3 Assistant Chief Deputy Constable Clint Greenwood is seen in this undated group photo.

The call for a vote was seconded and with no discussion, the commission unanimously approved the measure, which renames Courthouse Annex 8 the Clinton F. Greenwood Courthouse Annex.

Greenwood’s widow, Leath, talked about the support from friends and strangers alike that her family received after his death.

“Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for honoring Clinton Francis Greenwood,” Leath Greenwood said.

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett said the county is ready to support the Greenwood family whenever they need it.

“Rest assured that all of Harris County will consider the Greenwood family as ours for years to come,” Emmett said. “Do not hesitate to call upon any part of this county at any time.”

Clint Greenwood was working for the Harris County Precinct 3 Constable’s Office at the time of his death. His more than 30-year career also included work as an attorney for officer unions and as a commander in the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

Several fundraisers have been held since Clint Greenwood's death to support the family and organizations that support families of fallen officers.

Police said the suspect in the lawman's death, William Francis Kenny, 64, shot himself in the head the day after the slaying.

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