This week I’m continuing my report to you about providing a better educated and trained staff to better serve Ellis County.  Last week we talked about the chief deputy and captains.  This week we will talk about the lieutenants.

A former K9 handler, the lieutenant over narcotics and tactical team is a graduate of the Leadership Command College located at the Blackwood Management Institute at Sam Houston State University. He is the first of my lieutenants to complete the curriculum and I believe the first in the sheriff’s office to ever do so. In addition to the LCC, he has thus far completed 50 hours of college, is a graduate of the DEA Drug Unit Commanders Academy in Quantico, holds Basic and Advanced SWAT school certificates, has training in Dignitary Protection and holds a Master Peace Officer License from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.

The lieutenant over patrol and training has an Advanced Peace Officer license from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement and is scheduled to receive his Master license next year. With over 2,000 hours of classroom training, he also possesses an Instructor Certificate as well as having received specialized training in Managing & Supervising Field Training Officer Programs. Most recently he has completed the first of three modules at the Leadership Command College hosted by the Blackwood Management Institute at Sam Houston State University.

Our newest Lieutenant has been assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division, commonly referred to as CID. He has started his college work at Navarro College, holds a Master Peace Officer license from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement and is a graduate of the School of Police Supervision and of the Internal Affairs, Professional Standards & Ethics courses at the Institute of Law Enforcement Administration on the campus of the Center for American & International Law. Additionally, he has made application to the Leadership Command College and awaiting a start date.

We have a lieutenant that is in charge of so many areas that nobody has ever told him they want his job. He oversees the civil section, warrant section, fugitive transport section, courthouse security, court bailiffs, animal control and mental transports. He has a long tenure with the sheriff’s office and we could not do without him. He holds an Advanced Peace Officer License from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement and has completed several specialty schools. A few of the certifications he possesses include Court Security Specialist, Mental Health Peace Officer, Civil Process, New Supervisor, Field Training Officer and the Sexual Assault, Family Violence Investigator Course.

Last, but not least, is our lieutenant over the Reserve Section. He is a retired Chief of Police from New York and became a licensed peace officer for Texas in 2011. He holds both a bachelor and master degree in criminal justice, is an assistant professor at SAGU and is a licensed Assembly of God minister. In addition to his full-time and reserve duties, he also serves as a chaplain for the employees of the sheriff’s office.

I am proud of these lieutenants, their accomplishments and their motivation to continue to improve in their chosen field.

Y’all have a blessed week.

Johnny Brown has served as Sheriff of Ellis County since Jan. 1, 2009, and is a graduate of the National Sheriff’s Institute. He has been in law enforcement for 20 years and holds a Master’s Peace Officer’s Certificate with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education.