Ellis County Sheriff Johnny Brown recently assigned Ryan Connelly to serve as an investigator with the Criminal Investigations Division. Connelly started with the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office as a jailer, serving from 2000-2006, when he joined the Palmer Police Department as a peace officer. Connelly rejoined ECSO as a reserve deputy in 2008 before being sworn in as a patrol deputy Jan. 1, 2009. He holds Basic Peace Officer and Basic Jailer Proficiency Certificates with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Education and Standards. He is a recipient of the Texas Award for Valor.