Ellis County Sheriff Charles Edge will seek re-election in 2018, according to a campaign announcement.
Edge was appointed by the Ellis County Commissioners Court to fill the 21 months remaining of a two-year term vacated by former Sheriff Johnny Brown who resigned from office. He was officially sworn-in by Ellis County Judge Carol Bush on April 25.
At the time of his swearing in, Bush stated Edge was chosen because of his leadership and law-enforcement experience. Edge said he was "honored to be sworn in as the sheriff of Ellis County."
"Upon my swearing in, I, and the executive-level deputies left at the sheriff's office — and some I brought in — went to work evaluating the agency and changing the culture," Edge explained. "Almost daily since then, we have heard an abundance of praise and positive comments about the changes being made at the sheriff's office. These comments are from the members of the office, from county staff, and from members of the community. We are grateful for the comments and are proud of the work we have done and the accomplishments we have made, but there is still more to do."
Edge previously served as the Chief of Police for the City of Waxahachie from 2007-14. He retired from his role with the Waxahachie Police Department in July 2014.
During his brief retirement, Edge said he often found himself spending copious amounts of time working at the family-owned Shooter’s Edge gun store, where his wife and son maintained the day-to-day operations after its opening in 2011. He also had a brief stint as an interim police chief for the City of Kyle in 2015.
Edge is a former flight engineer and aircraft maintenance manager in the U.S. Army with more than 500 flight hours and 100 combat hours aboard a UH-60 Blackhawk in Desert Shield and Storm.
Edge stated he has used all of his military and law enforcement training to help repair and restructure the department.
"Any organization will display the attitude and behavior that is the least tolerable, and allowed, by its leadership," he explained. "I will tolerate nothing short of professional, ethical, and respectful behavior. The amazing professionals at the sheriff's office want the same thing and are with me in the work we are doing."
The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office has a $9,017,169 annual budget, while the Wayne McCollum Detention Center carries an annual budget of $10,470,850 for a combined budget of $19,488,019. The office also has a combined staff of 234 people, with 126 employed at the jail.
"I have filed to run for Sheriff of Ellis County to continue what we have started. We are working to regain the trust and respect of the citizens of Ellis County and the other law enforcement agencies in and around the county. I am committed to make the sheriff's office the premier law enforcement agency in the county, and beyond."
He added, "I would appreciate your support, and vote so that we can continue the work, and progress, underway."