Back in 2008, when I was campaigning to be your sheriff, one of my promises was to work on providing a better educated staff for the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office. I would like to update you on how that is progressing.

Wanting to lead by example, one of the first things I did to further my knowledge was to attend jailers certification school. Sheriff Stewart allowed me to do this during the last months of his term so it would be completed when I took office upon his retirement. As a follow up to that I completed the Executive Level Management Course that was sponsored by the National Sheriff’s Association and the National Institute of Corrections. I hold a Basic Jailer License and Master Peace Officer certification from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.

The Chief Deputy I brought in has a bachelor degree in criminal justice from Dallas Baptist University, graduate hours through the University of Louisville, is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute’s Administrative Officers Course, received an Academic Achievement Award from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement and holds a Master Peace Officer certification from the same.  Interestingly, he is also a Licensed Baptist Minister.

Our Operations Captain has a bachelor degree in criminal justice from Midwestern State University, is a graduate of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Drug Unit Commander’s Academy, holds a Master Peace Officer certification from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement and is waiting to hear from the same about his Academic Achievement Award.  Additionally, he is currently a student in the Leadership Command College through the Blackwood Institute of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University.

My Administrative Captain has a bachelor degree and graduate hours through the University of Texas-Arlington. He holds a Master Peace Officer certification from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement and is waiting to hear from the same about his Academic Achievement Award.

The Jail Administrator (Captain) was promoted to his current assignment by retired Sheriff Stewart and continued in that position when I became sheriff. He has completed 33 hours of his college education, is a graduate of the Jail Administration Management & Operations School at Sam Houston State University and holds a Master Jailer’s License and Advanced Peace Officer License from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.

I will continue next week with the lieutenants, one of which just graduated from the Leadership Command College. However, seeking and/or developing professional personnel for this agency extends beyond the senior staff.  We have a patrol deputy that has a doctorate in medicine, a reserve deputy with a masters degree and still another with a PhD.

We are very fortunate to have dedicated employees serving Ellis County. I appreciate everyone of them.

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.