The end of the year is a time of reflection and a time for looking back over what’s been accomplished during the past 12 months. It’s also a time when your Sheriff’s Office recommits itself to the mission statement that was put into place Jan. 1, 2009. Every member of this agency contributes to our mission, which reads as follows:

“The Mission of the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office is to provide professional law enforcement services to citizens and visitors of Ellis County. Realizing this Office has the authority to arrest and apprehend, we will strive to enforce the laws and maintain order in a fair and impartial manner.

“The Sheriff and his Deputies recognize that no law enforcement agency can operate at its maximum potential without supportive input from the citizens it serves. This Office actively solicits and encourages the cooperation of all citizens to reduce criminal activity and within legal limits, to assist in bringing to justice those that prey on the person and property of others.”

Every year at this time, your sheriff’s office also recommits itself to the core values that we’ve identified as being an integral part of our mission.

These are areas we feel strongly about and reflect upon while we work to protect and serve you. Here are your sheriff’s office’s core values:

• We value the lives of our citizens and will strive to protect and defend those citizens.

• We value the property our citizens have inherited and or worked to obtain. We will work to help them protect that property.

• We value peace and public order and will work to maintain that as the law provides.

• We value the employees that assist our citizens and will work to provide them training and encourage them to enhance their education so they may better assist the citizens.

• We value communication with our citizens and will work to provide venues for easier access to their sheriff.

• We value professional and ethical conduct by our employees and will strive to provide the citizens with personnel in the sheriff’s office that share that goal.

I hope 2015 was a good year for you and, if it wasn’t a perfect one, may you have a better 2016. Let’s get this New Year off to a good start and maintain that momentum in the months ahead as we work together to ensure Ellis County is a place we’re all proud to call home.

Please, everyone, let’s keep our military and service personnel in our thoughts and prayers. We enjoy our rights and freedoms because of their service and safekeeping of our great nation. Y’all have a blessed week and Happy New Year.


Johnny Brown has served as Sheriff of Ellis County since Jan. 1, 2009, and is a graduate of the National Sheriff’s Institute. He has been in law enforcement for more than 20 years and holds a Master’s Peace Officer’s Certificate with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education.