WAXAHACHIE — Ellis County Commissioners unanimously approved the appointment of Mike McCorkle to serve as the new Ellis County Pct. 3 Constable during a special session of the commissioners’ court Wednesday morning.

McCorkle has served with the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office since September of 2011, including the last four-plus years as a canine handler. He is currently a corporal with the department.

McCorkle will step into an office that has been vacant since the resignation of former Ellis County Pct. 3 Constable Tyron Davis. An Ellis County jury convicted Davis Friday, June 16 on six counts of failure to affix his signature to applications on absentee ballots and two counts of falsely identifying as a police officer.

The conviction stemmed from actions Davis took during his election campaign.

“We had a few applicants for the position and we took the time to look at it thoroughly," said Ellis County Judge Carol Bush. "We appreciate the people that have volunteered to be a part of Ellis County’s team and step up to that position. It is one that unfortunately was vacated in a negative circumstance

“We hope that as a commissioner court that [McCorkle] will do his best to restore the integrity of that office and to be a positive reflection on the county as a whole.”

Bush said she feels very confident about what McCorkle will bring to the office with his years of law enforcement experience. She is also certain that McCorkle will get the office up to the professional standard where it needs to be.

“Corporal McCorkle has been with the sheriff’s office for a few years now and comes from a long law enforcement background," Bush stated. “[...] He has a very positive reputation, not only in the sheriff’s office and the county but also in the community as a whole.

"He has had kind of a high visibility position with his canine partner. So there are many people that are familiar with him. I think that he will be a great addition to Ellis County. I am looking forward to working with him.” 

Ellis County Pct. 2 Commissioner Lane Grayson shared Bush’s thoughts about the decision that was reached. Grayson feels that McCorkle has a lot to bring to the county and the community.

“Corporal McCorkle has been a great employee of our county. We had many good applicants that brought some good information,” Grayson said. “We thought that Cpl. McCorkle had the best qualifications and was already a good asset to our county. We are looking forward to what he can do for us going forward.”

McCorkle started out with the sheriff’s office in the patrol division in September 2011. He then transferred to the canine unit in October 2012.

Before joining the department in Ellis County, McCorkle worked with the Cedar Hill Police Department for 11 years, where he was involved in several areas ranging from patrol to community services. McCorkle holds a master peace officer proficiency certificate with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Education and Standards.

According to a Dec. 26, 2013 McCorkle and his police service dog at the time, Jax, attended the McKinney Police Department Canine Academy for three months in 2007. McCorkle received supervisory training at the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration in 2008 and attended Bob Eden’s Police K9 Management Program in 2013.

In 2012, McCorkle and Jax took first place detector dog, first place narcotics indoor search, second place detector dog team (teamed with three other handlers and competed as a group against other groups), second place narcotics vehicle search, second place patrol suspect search and third place tracking honors with United States Police Canine Association.

Also in 2012, McCorkle and Jax traveled to Lakeland, Florida to compete in the USPCA National Detector Dog Field Trials. While there, they took seventh place honors in narcotics detection while competing against about 40 canines from around the nation.