McCulloch County native Chad Taliaferro has been making a name for himself ever since he left his hometown of Brady to embark on a career in law enforcement. That career has spanned 17 years of service with departments in Marble Falls and Burnet County.
Now, his vast experience in law enforcement has him on a different hunt—one where he's a featured character in a television series on The History Channel.
Currently a Burnet County Deputy, Taliaferro has teamed up with his soon-to-be father-in-law, Michael Hoffman, from Llano, in the pursuit of missing or stolen 18-wheelers in the new season of Big Rig Bounty Hunters.
The History Channel describes Hoffman as a truck driver, biker and proud Texan who is either your best friend or worst enemy. The team uses Hoffman's biker contacts and Taliaferro's law enforcement experience to beat the crooks. Chad's first job is to keep Michael out of jail and recover the missing trucks without breaking the law. They're described as "the classic odd couple," but have a talent for finding trucks that nobody else can.
"We started in the truck recovery business after my future father-in-law brought it to my attention that his cousin, Marshall (from The Big Texans team), was in the business and he thought we could do better," said Taliaferro. "After putting some thought into it we decided to go for it.
"We have been in the business for a little over a year now and due to our unique backgrounds and our abilities, we were picked up by The History Channel to showcase what the business is all about and shine light on the trucking industry.
"The feedback we are getting has been very positive and encouraging; we have been overwhelmed with support."
Taliaferro began his career in law enforcement in April of 1997 with the Marble Falls Police Department. He was promoted to patrol sergeant in 2004, and in October of 2010 he joined the Burnet County Sheriff's Department, where he currently serves as a patrol deputy. When Taliaferro is not on patrol, he teams up with Hoffman to track down leads and recover trucks and cargo.
With Taliaferro's law enforcement experience and Hoffman's knowledge of the trucking industry, the duo brings a unique perspective to the television program which also features five other teams from Texas and Ohio. Those teams are: the Wolf Brothers, Big T and Bek and The Ex-Cons (Ohio teams); and Marshall and Korchenko (The Big Texans) and The Holden's (Texas teams). Six episodes per state are currently scheduled to air on The History Channel.
"Every team is different in the way we approach things and our backgrounds," added Taliaferro.
The son of Karen Goodgion Barr, Taliaferro grew up in Brady and graduated from Rochelle High School in 1992. His sister, Kerri Taliaferro Boykin, and husband, Chad; sister, Tamara Garza, and husband, ML; brother, Jaimie Taliaferro; step-father, Bill Barr; grandmother, Eileen Chumbley; his best friend, Hoyt Hancock; and numerous nieces and nephews still reside in or around Brady.
Taliaferro is engaged to Amanda Lewis, and together they have five children: Keegan (13), Jalynn (nine), Calen (seven), Kailyr (five) and Katelyn (two). They currently reside in the Marble Falls area while his future in-laws, Michael and Julie Hoffman, reside in Llano.
Big Rig Bounty Hunters airs at 9 p.m. Central Time each Monday on The History Channel. To support the team and keep up with program updates, follow them on their Facebook page, Big Rig Bounty Hunters Michael and Chad or at History.com.
BIG RIG BOUNTY HUNTERS—Brady native Chad Taliaferro (left) and his soon-to-be father-in-law Michael Hoffman have teamed up to retrieve missing or stolen 18-wheelers in The History Channel series Big Rig Bounty Hunters. The program airs each Monday at 9 p.m. Central Time.