WAXAHACHIE — A hearty handshake and hug were how Ellis County Sheriff Chuck Edge welcomed his new chief deputy to the agency.

Family, friends and fellow law enforcement officers surrounded Ellis County Chief Deputy Mitch Bartley as Edge issued the oath office on Monday morning. After the oath had been given, a round of applause marked the start of a new chapter at the sheriff’s office.

Bartley retired after more than 28 years with the Waxahachie Police Department on May 5. During his time with Waxahachie, he held several positions that included patrol, criminal investigations, SWAT, narcotics and administration. He also served on the Narcotics Task Force for nine years and was later appointed as its commander. Bartley’s last position with the department was assistant police chief.

"Sheriff Edge called me and said he needed some help. We have got a good bunch of guys and he just didn’t have enough time to take care of what needed to be taken care of and he asked me to come over,” Bartley recalled. “I worked for Sheriff Edge when he was the (Waxahachie) Chief of Police and I enjoyed working with him. We really made a good team. I am looking forward to getting on board and getting after it. Trying to figure out what we need to do and what needs to be done as far the jail and the deputies and try to make it a better place for them to work.”

Bartley added that he is looking to help out anywhere he can to make the sheriff’s office a stronger agency.

Edge shared Bartley’s enthusiasm about working together again and aspires to see what they can accomplish.

“I am glad that everybody is here today to witness this. I know that I am tickled to death to get Mitch here and not just for somebody else to start doing some of the stuff but because it is Mitch. I enjoyed working with him over at the PD,” Edge said. “When he went from sergeant to assistant chief, there were a few people that didn’t care for that, but in the end, I think everybody figured that it was not a bad choice. I am tickled to death to be working with you again Mitch.”

Edge stated he has a strong team at the sheriff’s office but bringing Bartley on board with his law enforcement experience makes the agency even stronger.

"He brings a lot of experience, a lot of administration experience. Plus a lot of practical law enforcement experience,” Edge said. “He also brings a passion for law enforcement and a passion for the people. He is going to fit in really good.”

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