Annie Spriggins Almendarez is a patrol sergeant with Galveston Police Department. She grew up in Dickinson and graduated from Dickinson High School. Almendarez has been with Galveston Police Department for 19 years and a League City resident for the past 15 years. Previous assignments with the Galveston Police Department were as supervisor for family services and investigator.
What brings you joy? When I can help someone achieve a goal, by mentoring and volunteering my time. In addition, I donate monetarily when I can. I also make crafts such as homecoming mums and wreaths, most of what I make I give away.
What do you admire most in others? The ability to persevere. That “never give up attitude.” Two of my co-workers have shown that resolve after being diagnosed with cancer. One of them is now free of the disease, and the other person is still fighting, but she comes to work every day with a smile on her face and a will to contribute.
If you were reborn, what would you like to come back as? Wow, I never thought about it. Probably as myself, to continue to help others anyway I can. Hopefully, the second time would be much easier since I have already made all my mistakes.
With what famous person would you love to have a dinner conversation? That would be Condoleezza Rice, as she is a person I truly admire. I think regardless of political affiliation, every woman should read her autobiography. One of the excerpts from the book I took most notice of was her reasoning to become a Republican, as her father was denied voting registration by the Democrat registrar under Jim Crow law, but he was allowed to vote in the Republican primary.
If you could change one thing, what would it be? Graduating from college a year prior to my actual graduation in 2006 in order for my mother to witness me receiving my bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. (Currently I’m working on my master’s in Victim Services). When I decided to go back to school, I was a single mom raising two sons. My mom, with whom I was very close, had to have her leg amputated due to diabetes. My sister and I took turns caring for her. I miss her tremendously and would love to have more time with her. My mom was the wind beneath my wings.