Since Commissioners Court ended Monday and the final vote on the 2013-2014 budget was adopted, my phone has been blowing up with people asking what I thought about the commissioners failing to honor my request for vehicles and more especially, cutting eight detention officer spots from the jail.
The facts are, not every elected official or appointed department head is going to get everything every time. Each of these people state their case based upon their beliefs and persuasions. The commissioners make their decisions based upon their individual or collective beliefs or persuasions. Everybody, myself included, is just trying to get the most bang for the buck to better serve Ellis County residents.
There are times when residents may feel like decisions are based on politics or “who likes who,” but I think our hearts are still for the residents.
A couple of the folks brought up an editorial written by the Daily Light when I declined to agree to have a private jail company supervise the county inmates. The editorial referenced how my budget could be targeted since I declined to go along with this idea. I must say, I was surprised to see jail staff cut by eight people.
While it would have been nice for the judge to give me a heads up before the budget was filed, I make no allegation it was done as payback.
The Ellis County Judge did a good job in showing how the “budget pie” is cut up and to nobody’s surprise the sheriff’s office with jail operations has the largest slice.
I think with the responsibilities of law enforcement and the jail you will find that is true everywhere, not just in Ellis County.
One thing has become apparent to me during this process; most folks do not know what all their county offices provide them. In the comming weeks I am going to give it “the old college try” to better inform the citizens of what all takes place in the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office and jail. I will be submitting articles to the local papers and requesting their help in sharing what all takes place here.
Bottom line is this, the sheriff’s office and the commissioners have historically had a good working relationship and I see no reason for me or them to change that.
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.