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Daryl Ray Spence, a lifelong residence of Ennis and a 1986 graduate of Ennis High School, has filed as a candidate for Ennis city marshal.

Spence is the son of James and Judy Cryer and Delma Ray and Merle Spence. He is married to the former Michele Monk. His children are Raeanne, 23, Justin, 20, Edward, 12; two stepchildren, Aaron, 23, and Austin, 17; and grandson, Ayden Daryl Jones. He is an active member of Baylor Baptist Church. 

Spence said he wants the city marshal position to make Ennis an even better place to live.

“I can bring a fresh perspective and fresh ideas based on my experience with the Ellis County and Dallas County sheriff’s departments. I believe a Crime Stopper program should be started and (we should) continue to participate in the National Night Out and other community awareness programs,” he said. “I would like to see the street crimes unit and K-9 program return to start the process of removing the drugs and gangs off the street.

“We need more officers on the streets and not on the highways working traffic,” he said. “A DARE program should be implemented. We can make, working together, Ennis much better.”

Spence worked as a voluntary fire fighter with the Ennis Fire Department while he attended Navarro College. He worked at various jobs prior to serving with the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department as a detention officer and being promoted to a supervisor over inmates performing various duties after one year of employment. Working nights at the Dallas County jail, Spence attended Eastfield College Police Academy, where he received his basic police officer certificate. He was appointed a reserve police officer with the Ennis Police Department in 1999.

Spence then became a detention officer for the Ellis County Sheriff’s Department. He also served in the Naval Reserve with the Navy Mobile Construction Battalion, being honorably discharged.

Spence has more than 1,934 hours of law enforcement training, as a field-training officer and has kept current with all of the training hours required.

He said he believes all of his experiences and knowledge in all phases of law enforcement will serve him well as city marshal and that he is capable of overseeing, planning, managing and budgeting the Ennis Police Department.

Spence cites his leadership and public relations skills and his high level of personal and professional integrity along with an open door policy to every resident of Ennis. “I am committed to accountability along with responsibility,” he said. “Working closely with the citizens and the city government will ensure the highest quality security of Ennis.

“I respectfully ask the citizens of Ennis to consider and elect me city marshal on May 14,” he said.