Ellis County Sheriff's Office website

Welcome to the Ellis County Sheriff's Office website. This is another avenue, for me as your Sheriff, to help keep you informed of what is happening in your County and YOUR Sheriff's Office. Please visit the site often for updates.



The mission of the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office is to provide professional law enforcement services to citizens and visitors of Ellis County. This Office will strive to enforce the law 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.


Message from the Sheriff

When you elected me as your Sheriff I promised a new philosophy for the office and changes that would enhance county law enforcement services to you. This website is just one example of the updating we are doing. It is my goal for you to be able to learn of the services available and to provide contact information should you need help from the Sheriff's Office.

Since taking office in 2009 and with the help of Ellis County citizens, we have reduced major crime in Ellis County by 55 percent (figures reported through 2013). Your Sheriff's Office has the only active narcotics unit in the county to attack local drug issues. We have more marked units on the county roads and highways, have initiated an air wing, marine unit, opened up 288 more beds in the jail, started charging inmates a co-pay for medical services, have put more inmates out on county roads picking up trash and started a vegetable garden (worked by inmates), to name a few. And we have done all this with the same budget the retired sheriff had in 2008.

Come by and visit. Let me know you are coming and I will have hot coffee or iced tea ready for you. My direct office number is 972-825-4901.


Ellis County Sheriff’s Office sets up Exchange Zone


Johnny Brown, Sheriff


Ellis County Sheriff’s Office sets up Exchange Zone

Waxahachie, Texas – Oct. 2, 2015

The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office announces that it has established an Exchange Zone for personal, business and civil transactions in the parking lot southeast of the jail. The Exchange Zone is intended to provide a place where people can feel more secure when meeting someone in-person. The two parking spots are marked with Exchange Zone signage and are within view of the parking lot’s high definition cameras.

“We’re pleased to offer this service to the county’s residents,” Sheriff Johnny Brown said. “This was an idea someone brought to us after they saw where another law enforcement agency was doing it. We listened to the idea, we liked it and now we’ve got it in place for everyone’s use.”

Many people use online marketplaces, such as Facebook pages, to sell and buy items. Often times, those transactions mean people are meeting up face-to-face with strangers. There have been reports of scams and threats during some of those transactions and the Exchange Zone is intended to help address those. Exchange Zones also have been used for civil transactions, such as transferring children for visitation purposes.

“We welcome people to use our Exchange Zone,” Brown said. “Because you’re likely dealing with strangers on transactions like this, we encourage you to exercise caution – whether you’re in our parking lot or somewhere else – anytime money and goods are changing hands.”


Media contact: Jo Ann Livingston This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


ECSO Explorers Post brings home trophies from Harris County competition


Johnny Brown, Sheriff


ECSO Explorers Post brings home trophies from Harris County competition

Waxahachie, Texas – Sept. 22, 2015

The Ellis County Sheriff Explorers sent three teams to Houston, Texas, for the second annual Harris County Explorer Competition hosted by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office on Sept. 19.

The event drew 30 Explorer teams from across Texas. Ellis County Sheriff Explorers Team 25 consisted of Lt. Gage Adams, Cpl. Brandy Slusher, Cpl. Nadir Garcia and Cameron Sherrell; Team 26 consisted of Sgt. Ross McRee, Matthew Aguilar, Luis Martinez and Noel Campbell; and Team 27 consisted of Sgt. Shelby Snodgress, Isiah Bias, Tristian McQueen and Remigio “Remi” Gomez.

The Explorers were led by Lt. Bruce Stayments and Deputy Jeff Prater, who serves as the lead Explorer advisor. 

This year, there were 12 different team events and several individual events. At the beginning of the event, all of the Explorers shared a moment of silence for Deputy Darren Goforth of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, who was gunned down Aug. 28 while filling his patrol car with gas at a convenience store.

For the Harris County competition, Prater and the senior members of the Ellis County Sheriff Explorers program decided to change up the post’s normal teams.

“We have gained several new Explorers in our program this year and they have no experience in competing in competitions, so we wanted to focus on giving them that experience of having to perform under the stress of a competition,” Prater said. “We decided to put members of our normal competition teams in with our new Explorers so they could work side by side and learn firsthand from those who have been to competitions.

“At this competition, our Explorers were not trying to win trophies, they were looking for the experience the new Explorers needed,” Prater said. “In the beginning, you could see they were a little nervous, but they quickly realized the training we have been giving them was exactly the training needed for competitions.”

The three Ellis County Sheriff Explorers teams each participated in four events, bringing home nine trophies overall:

Team 25

1st Place in Burglary in Progress

2nd Place in Misdemeanor Traffic Stops

3rd Place in Arrest & Search

3rd Place in Crime Scene Investigation 

Team 26

1st Place in Bomb Threat Investigation

2nd Place in Arrest & Search

3rd Place in Domestic Disturbance

Team 27

1st Place in DWI Investigation

3rd Place in Robbery in Progress

“The overall experience at the competition was great and we could not be any happier,” Prater said.

The next competition for the Ellis County Sheriff Explorers will be in October at the Plano X Explorer Competition, which is an all-night-long competition that is held across the city of Plano.

If you wish to know more about the Ellis County Sheriff Explorers, visit the post’s website at www.ecsoexplorers.com or contact Prater at 972-825-4934 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The Explorers meet every Tuesday night at the Law Enforcement Center at 2272 Farm-to-Market 878, Waxahachie.

The Law Enforcement Exploring Program is a division of the Learning for Life Program and the Boy Scouts of America. The Ellis County Sheriff Explorers is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enabling young people to become responsible individuals by teaching positive character traits, career development, leadership and life skills so they can make ethical choices and achieve their full potential.


Media contact: Jo Ann Livingston This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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