Veteran Waxahachie Police Officer Wess Winn has announced his candidacy for Ellis County Sheriff.

He holds a master peace officer certification, is a lifelong Republican and a fourth generation Ellis County resident.

Winn graduated from Waxahachie High School and went on to play professional baseball within the Baltimore Orioles organization. He completed his bachelor of science degree at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

Winn has served 12 years with the Waxahachie Police Department. He is an experienced crime prevention specialist, educating the public on best practices to keep property and families safe.

“Working with Waxahachie Citizens Police Academy and the Explorers program as been a highlight of my career,” Winn said. “I have been devoted to public service, building relationships between citizens and law enforcement. In fact, every facet of my experience and leadership is focused on professionalism and a passion to educate.

“Our immediate priorities must include: 1. the need to define conservative goals, prioritize, and provide a tangible measurement of those goals: 2. improve the county jail working conditions: 3. increase public financial transparency and 4. enhance local control of law enforcement.”

Winn is a strong leader who will work with other county officials and agencies for the betterment of all taxpayers. He will ensure local values of his constituents are protected against federal overreach, by bringing awareness to issues that threaten peace and security in our great County. Most importantly, he will hold those accountable who threaten the freedoms of law abiding citizens in Ellis County.

Winn has served as a youth minister, teacher, and coach. He is a member at First Baptist Church in Waxahachie and the Lions Club International. He was elected to the Waxahachie School Board in 2014 where he helps oversee an estimated annual budget of $70 million with responsibility to 8,100 students and nearly 1,200 employees.

Winn is a loving husband and father. He and his wife Elizabeth have been married for 18 years and have three children. They are proud to stay actively involved in many community activities.

The 2016 Republican Primary is Tuesday, March 1.