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An employee publication of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice


September 2021

TDCJ Mourns the Loss of Cleadas Sherman

Cleadas Sherman
Cleadas Sherman
Correctional Officer V
Travis County State Jail

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice is grieving the loss of an employee that is connected to the COVID-19 virus.

43-year-old Cleadas Sherman, Correctional Officer V at the Travis County State Jail in Austin, died on September 22, 2021.

Officer Sherman tested positive for COVID-19 during a mass testing on September 3, 2021. He was hospitalized on September 11, 2021, due to complications attributed to the virus. His condition deteriorated and he passed eleven days later.

Officer Sherman began his career with TDCJ on June 7, 2012. He worked at the Pam Lychner Unit, the San Saba Unit, and the Travis County State Jail over the years.

“Officer Sherman was a dedicated employee of this agency for almost a decade, a true sign of commitment, one of TDCJ’s core values,” said TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier. “He served this agency well and was an integral part of our family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, and co-workers,” he added.

Travis County State Jail Senior Warden Charles Meador said Officer Sherman was well-respected by his co-workers and supervisors. “He was dedicated to the agency and loved working alongside his family in gray,” he said. “He will be greatly missed at the Travis County State Jail and his memory will always be with us.”

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has had sixty-four employees who have died in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic.