Administration

Sheriff Charles E. Edge

Charles Edge was appointed by Ellis County Commissioners Court to serve as Ellis County Sheriff on April 21, 2017.

Sheriff Edge served as Chief of Police for Waxahachie from 2007 - 2014, and was in charge of the departments budget, 59 police officers and support staff. One of his many accomplishments in Waxahachie include being recognized by the Texas Police Chiefs Foundation for best practices and procedures.

Sheriff Edge started his career in law enforcement in 1982 with the Baytown Police Department. He served in Baytown for 21 years with his last assignment as a field commander with the Harris County Organized Crime and Narcotics Task Force. From Baytown, he served as the chief of police of the Palestine Police Department for four years before coming to Waxahachie in April of 2007. During his career, Edge took a civil service leave of absence serving honorably in the military with the Army’s 101st Airborne Division and the First Armored Division. Sheriff Edge is also a graduate of the 222nd session of the FBI National Academy and a graduate of the Leadership and Command College of the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas.


Chief Deputy Mitch Bartley

Chief Deputy Mitch Bartley graduated the South Plains Associations of Government Academy in Lubbock, Texas in 1983. Chief Bartley spent a combined 5 years with the South Plains College Police Department and Levelland Police Department before he started his career with the Waxahachie Police Department in 1988. During his 20 plus years at Waxahachie, he has served in many different roles. Chief Bartley has worked in Patrol, Criminal Investigations, SWAT, Narcotics and Administration. During the 9 years Chief Bartley worked narcotics; he was appointed and served as the Narcotics Task Force Commander. In June 2009 Bartley was promoted to Assistant Chief of Administration and in March 2011 he was appointed Assistant Chief over Operations.

Chief Bartley has earned a Master Peace Officers License and holds instructors certifications as a NRA & Police Firearms Instructor, Taser Instructor, PepperBall Instructor, Doppler Radar Instructor, and is a certified Law Enforcement Thermographer.

From August 1, 2014 until March 8, 2015 Chief Bartley served as interim Chief while the City of Waxahachie was undergoing a search for a new chief.


Captain Chris Hamilton

The Operations Captain is responsible for the daily operations of the Sheriff’s Office to include the Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Narcotics Task Force, Training/Crime Prevention as well as the Civil/Warrants Divisions.









Captain Chuck Laubach

Captain Chuck Laubach started as a reserve Deputy with the Ellis County Sheriff's Office in 1991. In 1998, he became a full time Deputy assigned to Courthouse Security. Later that year he transferred to the Patrol Division as a Patrol Deputy. He obtained the rank of Patrol Sergeant in 1999 and Patrol Lieutenant in 2007. In 2008, he transferred to the Criminal Investigation Division as its CID Lieutenant. In 2009, he was promoted to Administrative Captain by Sheriff Johnny Brown. Captain Laubach holds a Master Peace Officer Proficiency Certificate from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement and has a bachelor of science degree from the University of Texas at Arlington.






Captain Terry Ogden

After four years of dedicated service in the United States Marine Corps, Captain Terry Ogden began working for the Ellis County Sheriff's Office in August 1997 as a Detention Officer. He received his Basic Jail License on Aug. 27, 1997, and his Peace Officer License on Dec. 17, 2001. Captain Ogden holds the position of Captain over Detention Services and holds Master Jailer and Master Peace Officer Proficiency Certificates with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. Captain Odgen also holds an Instructor Proficiency Certificate from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.

 

Sheriff Charles E. Edge

Chief Deputy Mitch Bartley

Captain Chris Hamilton

Captain Chuck Laubach

Captain Terry Ogden