Waco (FOX 44/KWKT) — The McLennan County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that Chief Deputy Steve January has passed away.

January joined the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office as a Captain in 2016. He became Chief Deputy in January of 2023.

Before moving to the sheriff’s office, January worked for 27 years in law enforcement. 17 of those years he was an investigator with the Waco Police Special Crimes Unit.

FOX 44 News sends its condolences to Chief Deputy January’s family and the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office.

Visitation for Chief January will be Monday, May 22nd from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Waco Memorial Funeral Home. The funeral will be Tuesday May 23rd at 1:30 p.m. in the Crestview Church of Christ. The address is 7129 Delhi Road in Waco.

In addition, the Waco Police Department sent the following statement to FOX 44 News on Friday afternoon:

“We are greatly saddened to hear the passing of Chief Deputy Steve January, who was also a former Waco Police Detective. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and coworkers.”

Waco PD spokesperson Cierra Shipley