The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office will celebrate the career of Chief Deputy Charles Sullins with a reception at 2 p.m. March 23 in the second floor courtroom of the historic courthouse.

The reception will honor Sullins’ career, which spans more than 40 years with most of it taking place in this area.

His career in law enforcement began in North Richland Hills in 1967. He then came to Waxahachie and worked for the city police department. From Waxahachie he went to Hill County, Red Oak and served on the drug enforcement task force before joining the sheriff’s department in 1995.

“There has probably been no other individual law enforcement officer in the county that has reached so many families or individuals of families like he has. Through the years I have seen him act as not only a police officer but to these folks as advisors and mentors, councilors, you name it he has been there for them,” Chief Deputy Dennis Brearley said.

“He didn’t care who it was or what their background was, he was always willing to lend a hand to help them out in anyway he could. This also includes people that he sent to prison. If they got out of prison and needed some help with something he would always try to be there to help them,” he said, saying Sullins’ service will be missed dearly.

Family, friends and the public are invited to attend this reception, with Sheriff Johnny Brown encouraging people to bring their stories about Sullins to the get-together. 

“I have known Charles for over 20 years. I remember him as a task force commander,” Brown said. “He has worked for the children’s home and everything that he has done for this county it is going to be missed. There is nobody that knows more people than Charles Sullins in this county.

“We are going to miss him. He is the one with the joke of the day or whatever each morning. If you are in a bad mood, Charles will get you in the right mood,” Brown said. “That is his mission in life, to put a smile on somebody’s face.”

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