On April 24, Sheriff Chris Brown who has served as Cleburne County Sheriff for a little more than a year shared a story with a group of about 50 local senior citizens that had gathered for lunch at the Waycroff Senior Center.
Brown began by telling a story about being left at home with his Grandfather at about three years old, while his parents were out for dinner. He and his Grandfather were sitting around the table when he told his grandfather that he wanted to be a police officer when he grew up. His Grandfather replied, okay and they talked a few minutes longer and he told his Grandfather “ You know Grandpa if I’m going to be a police officer when I grow up then I need to meet one”. At that time the three-year-old Brown reached over and picked up the telephone and dialed 911, the operator answered and asked what his emergency was and he replied that he had no emergency that he wanted to be a police officer when he grew up and he needed to meet one. He gave her his address and hung up the phone. Brown said he looked over at his Grandfather who was by now chuckling and didn’t realize that his grandson actually knew how to use the phone. Browns parents arrived home shortly thereafter and after meeting them at the door he told them with pride what he had done. He said they were looking at his Grandpa mortified that this had happened but Grandpa assured them that Brown just had a good imagination. They were really surprised he said a few minutes later when they heard a knock on the door and there was a uniformed police officer standing on the other side of it.
Brown told the seniors “Police work is the only thing I’ve ever wanted to do my entire life”. I wanted to be a public servant. Not everyone can get up every day and say they have gotten to live their dream but I’ve had the privilege doing that. He said that in 2017 the Sheriffs office made over 1,100 arrests, recovered over $500,000 in stolen property and seized $1.1 million of illegal drugs. Brown said, “If we want to know where we’re going, we need to look at where we’ve been”.
The thing he is most proud of, said Brown, is a Chaplain program that was started last year that is geared towards inmates in jail, deputies, jailers, office personnel and everyone the Sheriff’s department comes into contact with. He said as a result of that they now have jail ministry four nights a week and “if they can reach out and touch just one of those lives that’s one less person we have to deal with on the street”. Brown stated that the Sheriff’s Department stayed $254,000.00 under budget for the 2017 year even while increasing deputy training and becoming more involved in the community. For 2018 he said to expect more of the same. “I will continue to work hard every day I’m here as your Sheriff “.
Brown, who is seeking a second term as Sheriff of Cleburne County will be running against Josh Johnston, a former state legislator. Early voting begins on May 7th between the hours of 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM and closes May 15th at 5:00 PM. Election Day is May 22, 2018.
Look to The Sun Times for a story on Josh Johnston’s visit to the Waychoff Center as well.