After 19 years in law enforcement, Brian Thompson has announced his candidacy for Ellis County commissioner, Pct. 3.

Thompson moved to Ellis County in 1977, when his father, an aviation mechanic, came to Midlothian with his wife and four children. Thompson attended Midlothian public schools and graduated from high school in Cleburne. He has been married to his wife, Mendy, for 12 years and has three children. Thompson has lived and worked in the Ellis County area most of his life and said he is committed to serving the people in his community.

Thompson began his 19-year law enforcement career after attending the North Texas Regional Police Academy. His first position was as telecommunications officer for the Midlothian Police Department. In 1989, he took his first position with the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office as court bailiff. Since then, Thompson has worked in the Ellis County Sheriff’s Patrol Division and was patrol sergeant for three years. He served on the Ellis County Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force as a certified K-9 handler and said he enjoyed three years of constant companionship with his K-9 partner, Lucy. Thompson has worked in the Ellis County Sheriff’s Investigations Division, where he investigated criminal offenses, handled filings with the district attorney’s office and provided expert forensics testimony in the courtroom.

Thompson said he is proud of his many accomplishments while serving the people of Ellis County in the sheriff’s department, such as his involvement in a high-profile capital murder investigation that resulted in prosecution.

He has been an active member of North Texas Beat The Heat, which offers programs such as Racing for Education to help keep young people off drugs and off the streets. He is a licensed firearms instructor, licensed self-defense instructor and teaches basic police science for Navarro College. He has an advanced peace officer license and has been recognized with several letters of commendation.

As a member of the Ellis County Commissioners Court, Thompson said he has many goals.

His key objectives are: (1) Consolidating the road equipment of all four Ellis County precincts into one unified distribution center, which he said would save the residents of Ellis County substantial tax revenue. (2) Working very hard to bring significant improvement to the county roads and bridges, many of which he said are in disrepair. (3) Adding a sub-tax office in the southern part of Ellis County, which would provide local residents a more convenient location to pay taxes and register their vehicles. (4) Focusing on an economical and effective solution to the recently changed Ellis County animal ordinance, for which there is a contract being paid although the services have been cut. Thompson said he considers himself “ready to take on the challenges and tough issues facing Ellis County” and is asking for voters’ support March 4.

In his spare time, Thompson said he enjoys time with his family, friends, watching the Dallas Cowboys, working on cars and, most of all, taking road trips on his Harley.

“I’m excited about serving the citizens of Ellis County Pct. 3 and giving them the voice they deserve,” he said. “I have a strong and dedicated committee, friends and family to support me and I believe the voters will step forward with us in this united volunteer effort.

“I appreciate the encouragement, prayers and generous support already received from the voters of Ellis County and thank everyone in advance for their continued support,” he said.

Thompson said he encourages all citizens of Ellis County to get out and vote in the March primary election and the November general election, regardless of their political affiliation.

Thompson and his supporters believe his first-hand experience in Ellis County operations gives him a unique and qualified point of view, which he said he will use to make a valuable contribution to the Ellis County Commissioners Court on behalf of Pct. 3.