We have officially entered into 2014 and have made our resolutions for the New Year.  I don’t know about you, but I know of some folks that have already modified or done away with their resolution(s) all together.  

Better luck next year.

Here at the sheriff’s office there are a few resolutions that were made in 2009 and each year at this time we recommit to honoring those resolutions. One such resolution is our Mission Statement.

“The Mission of the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office is to provide professional law enforcement services to citizens and visitors of Ellis County.  Realizing this Office has the authority to arrest and apprehend, we will strive to enforce the laws and maintain order in a fair and impartial manner.

“The Sheriff and his Deputies recognize that no law enforcement agency can operate at its maximum potential without supportive input from the citizens it serves. This Office actively solicits and encourages the cooperation of all citizens to reduce criminal activity and within legal limits, to assist in bringing to justice those that prey on the person and property of others.”

Another resolution we recommit to each year is our Core Values. The Core Values of the sheriff’s office indicates those areas we feel strongly about and reflect upon while working to accomplish our mission.

“We value the lives of our citizens and will strive to protect and defend those citizens.

“We value the property our citizens have inherited and/or worked to obtain. We will work to help them protect that property.

“We value peace and public order and will work to maintain that as the law provides.

“We value the employees that assist our citizens and will work to provide them training and encourage them to enhance their education so they may better assist the citizens.

“We value communication with our citizens and will work to provide venues for easier access to their Sheriff.

“We value professional and ethical conduct by our employees and will strive to provide the citizens with personnel in the Sheriff’s Office that share that goal.”

We wish each and everyone a blessed and prosperous 2014. Please keep our military and emergency service personnel in  your prayers.

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.