Applications being accepted for Dispatchers


The Ellis County Sheriff's Office is accepting applications for two openings in its Communications Divisions. Must be at least 21 years old with a clean record and good job history. Prefer experience but all applicants will be considered. Please submit a completed application to Human Resources, which is located in the basement of the old courthouse at 101 W. Main St., Suite B-103, Waxahachie, TX 75165.
Applications are available on the Ellis County website at www.co.ellis.tx.us. Click on jobs, then click on download application, or you may complete an application by going to www.elliscountysheriff.com. Click on employment, then choose Deputy Sheriff. All applications must  be completed on a computer and then printed out. Handwritten applications will not be accepted.
The Ellis County Sheriff's Office has great benefits, including medical, dental and eye insurance; competitive salary; great schedule; and 96 hours of vacation after the first year.

 

Applications being accepted for Detention Officer and Deputy Testing


HIRING: The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office is hiring Detention Officers. Deputy Testing also is being scheduled. Great benefits, including medical, dental and eye insurance; competitive salary; uniforms provided; great schedule; and 96 hours of vacation after the first year.
Detention Testing will be held April 24, 2015. To be eligible you must submit a completed application to Human Resources by noon Monday, April 13.
Deputy Testing will be held May 22, 2015. To be eligible, you must submit a completed application to Human Resources by May 1, 2015. Human resources is located in the basement of the old courthouse at 101 W. Main St., Suite B-103, Waxahachie, TX 75165.
Applications are available on the Ellis County website at www.co.ellis.tx.us. Click on jobs, then click on download application, or you may complete an application by going to www.elliscountysheriff.com. Click on employment, then choose Deputy Sheriff or Detention. All applications must be completed on a computer and then printed out. Handwritten applications will not be accepted.
If an applicant is interested in a Reserve Deputy Sheriff position, that applicant may test as well May 22, 2015.

 

ECSO Explorers honored at Texas State Capitol


ELLIS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

Johnny Brown, Sheriff

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

ECSO Explorers honored at Texas State Capitol

Austin, Texas – March 11, 2015

The Ellis County Sheriff’s Explorers Post 106 was honored March 11, 2015, at the Texas State Capitol for its members’ service and accomplishments, including its state championship title received at the 2014 Texas Law Enforcement Explorer Advisors Association competition.

The Explorers were honored with proclamations in both the state House and the state Senate during the 84th Legislative Session. Joining the Explorers for the gallery recognitions in both bodies were family members and friends, Lead Advisor Jeff Prater and Ellis County Sheriff Johnny Brown.

State Rep. John Wray and state Sen. Brian Birdwell each addressed the Explorers and noted their competition record as well as their contributions to the community as part of the Presidential Volunteer Service Award program.

As part of the field trip to Austin, Wray’s staff arranged for several tours and speakers to address the Explorers, including members of the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Sheriff’s Association of Texas.


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ECSO Explorers take first, third overall team titles in Austin competition


ELLIS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

Johnny Brown, Sheriff

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

ECSO Explorers take first, third overall team titles in Austin competition

Waxahachie, Texas – Feb. 27, 2015

The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post took first and third place overall team honors among more than 50 teams that competed at the recent Central Texas Law Enforcement Explorer Competition in Austin. The one-day competition, which was sponsored by the Austin Police Department, Austin Police Department Explorer Post and the Travis County Constable’s Office, was held at Akins High School.

The ECSO Explorer Post took two teams to the competition. Team 1 included Explorers Capt. Colten Prater, Lt. Gage Adams, Sgt. Shelby Snodgress and Sgt. Trevor Snodgress. Team 2 included Explorers Cpl. Ross McRee, Matthew Aguilar, Nadir Garcia and Brandy Slusher. Each team participated in four scenarios, which were randomly drawn at the start of the competition.

Final results saw Team 1 taking first place in accident investigation/scenario A, first place in arrest and search/scenario A, first place in domestic disturbance/scenario A and second place in active shooter/scenario A.

Team 2 took first place in officer down/scenario B, first place in domestic disturbance/scenario B, second place in arrest and search/scenario B and third place in active shooter/scenario B.

In the individual competition, Colten Prater took second place in the physical agility course.

At the end of the competition, ECSO Explorer Post Team 1 was awarded first place overall honors. A Dallas Police Department Explorer Post team took second place overall honors and ECSO Explorer Post Team 2 was awarded third place overall honors.

“I am very happy and very pleased,” said ECSO Deputy and Lead Advisor Jeff Prater. “I was not expecting this. The scenarios were really good. This was Austin’s first time to host a competition and it ended up being a very good one.”

He said the judges had high praise for Team 1’s work in the accident investigation scenario. “Ours was the only team that successfully filled out every blank on the crash report,” Prater said. “The judge said nobody else even got close to what we did – and we did the entire scenario in less than 45 minutes. After they drew accident investigation as a scenario, the Explorers strategically planned out how they would work it; they divided the duties out and conquered it.”

Team 2 drew high praise for its handling of its officer down scenario, where they were initially told they had to enter a school where there was an active shooter and locate an injured school resource officer and evacuate him. Once the scenario began, they encountered also frightened students, injured students and a teacher who was suffering a heart attack. “The judges said they were the only team that was able to calm the students down and recognize that they could direct the uninjured students to help with first aid and the evacuation,” Prater said. “They ended up saving everybody and getting everybody out. The judges complimented the team and said the scenario was done perfectly.”

The Austin competition served as a warm-up for this summer’s state competition, where the ECSO Explorers took overall post first place honors in 2014. The next competition up for the ECSO Post will be in April at the second annual Battle of Big D, where ECSO Explorers took overall team honors at the 2014 inaugural meet.

In other activities, the Explorers assisted with a Skills USA competition Friday and in the upcoming week will provide honor/color guard services for Congressman Joe Barton and Gov. Greg Abbott at their events in the Metroplex. During spring break, the ECSO Explorers also will take a day trip to the state Legislature, where they will be recognized for their 2014 state championship.

For more information on the ECSO Explorer Post, contact Deputy Jeff Prater by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by calling 972-825-4934. Keep up with the Post’s activities on its Facebook page Ellis County Sheriff’s Office Explorers.


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ECSO Communications Division honored


ELLIS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

Johnny Brown, Sheriff

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

ECSO Communications Division honored

Waxahachie, Texas – Dec. 30, 2014

The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office Communications Division was recently recognized with two major awards and five nominations during the annual PSAP Supervisor Meeting at the North Central Texas Council of Government Regional 9-1-1 offices in Arlington. The recognitions were extended for telecommunications work from Sept. 1, 2013-Aug. 31, 2014. 

Communication Team of the Year

ECSO telecommunicators Heidi Smith, Jeff Shepherd and Gloria Myers were honored as Communication Team of the Year for their exemplary performance during the Milford pipeline explosion Nov. 14, 2013. The team has more than 38 combined years of experience working for ECSO: Smith is a 19-year veteran, Shepherd, an 11-year veteran, and Myers, an 8-year veteran. All hold Master Telecommunicator certificates, the highest level possible, with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.

“Within 20 minutes after the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office had received the first call of an unknown type explosion at an unspecific location, dispatch had notified the initial responders for law enforcement, fire departments, EMS, pipeline representatives and other county divisions; had received a location and incident update and relayed it to all responding personnel; had contacted other agencies to assist with a perimeter and the evacuation of Milford had started,” ECSO Communications Supervisor (Days) Carla Rolland wrote in her nomination letter for the team.

“Requests kept coming in from the responders and the phones kept ringing from concerned citizens about the pipeline explosion and evacuations, along with unrelated calls for service,” Rolland wrote. “No one (in dispatch) had to be guided or told what to do.  Everyone pulled together, getting their designated responsibilities and requests completed, and helping each other out in any way they could. Even though the incident itself was chaotic and made for a very busy day, dispatch was orderly and calm during the entire shift – just as it would be with any routine incident.”

“It went really smooth,” said Smith of the team, which has worked together since 2007. “We were in sync with each other and didn’t have to say anything to each other. We just did it.”

In addition to dispatching deputies, police, fire and other first responders to the scene, the team had to contact all of the pipeline owners in the area along with various regulatory agencies. At the same time, they were trying to ascertain what had happened with the pipeline workers who had been on site at the explosion. “They made it to safety and there was a sigh of relief no one was injured,” Shepherd said of the crew, which had made its way to Navarro County and contacted authorities there.

Besides all of the radio traffic it was handling and the calls it was making, the team was fielding calls from media as well as directing calls from other police and fire agencies that wanted to assist any way they could. “They were calling in and asking, ‘What can we do to help?’ ” Myers said.

To the person, the team members say they love what they do as telecommunicators.

“It truly is not knowing what call you are getting. It’s never the same,” Smith said, with Myers adding, “You can pick up a 9-1-1 call and it’s not an emergency, or you can pick up the non-emergency line and there’s someone screaming. It could be anything.”

The recognition for ECSO telecommunicators extended beyond the Communication Team of the Year award, with a second ECSO team recognized as a nominee in the same category. In making her nomination, ECSO Communication Supervisor (Nights) Becky Rodgers commended the trio of telecommunicators Nancy Brinker, Brandy Songer and Caitlin McClelland for their work during a November 2013 incident involving a triple homicide.

“This team stayed calm and worked together as one unit in a very professional manner,” Rodgers said. “I am very proud to be this shift’s supervisor. The whole team has a positive attitude and strives to do their very best every night they work. This shift is always willing to help coworkers in any way they can.”

Brinker, who has 17 years of experience as a telecommunicator, will have served 16 of those with ECSO as of this April. “We were able to get enough information from the multiple calls so that a suspect could be taken into custody, and that’s rewarding,” she said. “It gives you satisfaction when you get those calls where people need help and you can help them.”

McClelland, who has been with ECSO for 1-1/2 years, agrees, saying, “To me, the biggest reward of that call was being able to get the info out quickly,” to which eight-year veteran Songer adds, “We worked well as a team. We always do.”

9-1-1 Professional Award

ECSO telecommunicator Jennifer Pitts was honored with the 9-1-1 Professional Award. Pitts has served as a telecommunicator since 2010 and joined ECSO in 2011. She attained her Advanced Telecommunicator certificate with TCOLE in October.

In her letter of nomination, Rodgers described Pitts as showing “extraordinary abilities in all aspects of her job.”

“She is a soft spoken young lady but can take control of a 9-1-1 call in a matter of seconds,” Rodgers said. “Ms. Pitts goes out of her way to make everyone feel like they are the most important person in the world while she is dealing with them. It does not matter if it is a distraught caller, a coworker or someone wanting to make an animal control complaint.”

“I can’t see myself doing anything else,” Pitts says. “There’s something new every day. You get to be in the middle of everything that is going on – and you get to help people.”

Telecommunicator of the Year

ECSO telecommunicator Kristie Brewer, an 11-year veteran with the agency, was recognized as a nominee for the Telecommunicator of the Year award.

In her nominating letter, Rodgers commended Brewer for her handling of a 9-1-1 call with a suicidal subject in April 2014, saying, “Ms. Brewer showed a great amount of compassion and professionalism, and talked the caller into putting down the knife she was holding. This is only one of the calls Ms. Brewer has excelled in handling. Every call she receives is handled with the utmost professionalism.”

“When someone makes a call for help, they need a compassionate person on the end of the line,” said Brewer, who has an Advanced Telecommunicator certificate with TCOLE. “And I’ll talk with them until we can get them help.”

A 13-year veteran, of which 11 years have been with ECSO, Brewer said she enjoys what she does, even with the stressful calls that may come her way. “Sometimes the calls get me down but I have to let it roll off of my back,” she said.

Supervisor of the Year

ECSO Communications Supervisor (Nights) Becky Rodgers was recognized as a nominee for Supervisor of the Year. Rodgers has served with ECSO since 1997 and holds Master Telecommunicator, Instructor and TCIC/NCIC Instructor certificates with TCOLE. She also serves as a Supervisor Terminal Agency Coordinator for ECSO.

“I was really surprised and had no idea,” Rodgers said of the nomination honor. “I’ve loved the work through all these years and I can’t picture myself doing anything else.” 

ECSO Communications Division

The ECSO Communications Division is one of 40-plus public safety-answering points eligible to make a nomination for these annual honors, which are extended by the NCTCOG Regional 9-1-1 program.

The ECSO Communications Division handles 9-1-1 and non-emergency service for the unincorporated areas of Ellis County as well as several cities within the county. It also facilitates 24-hour communications between county residents and sheriff’s deputies as well as EMS/Fire personnel.

All ECSO dispatchers carry Telecommunication Operator licenses with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. They all hold TCIC/NCIC certifications and receive specialized training in computer-aided dispatch through ECSO’s in-house training department.


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Photo 1: From left, Kelly Williams, North Central Texas Council of Governments; Ellis County Sheriff’s Office Telecommunicators Jennifer Pitts, Becky Rodgers, Gloria Myers, Heidi Smith and Jeff Shepherd; and Ellis County Sheriff Johnny Brown.

Photo 2: From left, Nancy Brinker, Caitlin McClelland and Nancy Songer.

Photo 3: Kristie Brewer.


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