239 – Garnishment of Wages

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All Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) employees are encouraged to meet their financial obligations in a manner that will not involve the agency in the resolution of such obligations. The HCSO also recognizes that an employee’s failure to meet financial obligations may result in a garnishment of his or her wages.

Texas Constitution, Article 16, Section 28, “Garnishment of Wages,” states:

No current wages for personal service shall ever be subject to garnishment, except for the enforcement of court-ordered:

  1. Child support payments; or
  2. Spousal maintenance. (Amended Nov. 8, 1983, and Nov. 2, 1999.)

It is a court-ordered legal claim against the wages of an employee executed by the Harris County Auditor’s Office and the Human Resources payroll section.

An employee shall not use his or her position with the HCSO to avoid the payment of any debt, liability, claim, or judgment that has been lawfully held against the employee.


This policy has been revised on the below listed dates:

April 21, 2009

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