FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ELLIS COUNTY, TEXAS – (Sept. 3, 2019) – Brad Norman announced his campaign for the office of Ellis County Sheriff on Tuesday, Sept. 3.
“I’ve spent the better part of my career in law enforcement in Ellis County at the Sheriff’s Office,” Norman said. “I have a heart for the citizens as well as the employees at the Sheriff’s Office and jail – and I feel that my mission here is not complete.
“I will be a sheriff of the people and for the people,” he said. “At the office, I will have an open door policy. We are facing a number of challenges in Ellis County with the growth that is being seen and the passing of Tier 2 anti-annexation legislation. The Sheriff’s Office will have to be prepared for that growth, especially in the area of fighting crime and keeping our communities safe and secure.”
Norman will run for the office of Ellis County Sheriff on the Republican primary ballot.
“I am a fiscally conservative Republican who believes in the right to keep and bear arms and in the sanctity of life,” he said.
Norman, who has more than 20 years of law enforcement experience, is a graduate of Bill Blackwood’s LEMIT Leadership Command College and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Drug Unit Commanders Academy.
While with the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office, Norman’s service saw him advance through the ranks to the role of chief deputy from 2015 to 2017, a position that is second-in-command to that of the sheriff and with oversight responsibilities in all areas of management and operations for the sheriff’s office and its jail facility.
Norman began his service with the Sheriff’s Office in 2001 as a narcotics investigator assigned to the Southeast Metroplex Task Force. He then advanced to serve as a narcotics sergeant assigned to the DEA’s North Texas HIDTA and then to the position of lieutenant supervising the Ellis County Task Force investigators.
In 2008, Norman was promoted to captain of operations at the Sheriff’s Office, where he provided oversight and supervision to its Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Narcotics, Civil/Warrants, Training/Crime Prevention and SWAT divisions. He was involved in the budgetary planning and preparation for the Sheriff’s Office’s $16 million budget. His responsibilities also included writing policy and procedures as well as conducting employee evaluations.
“I am committed to serving and protecting others by using sound judgment in difficult and intense situations,” Norman said. “As a supervisor, I have a broad background in operations, county-wide projects and risk management. As a team player, I am dedicated to process improvements and staff development.”
Norman currently serves as a lieutenant with the Methodist Health System Police Department. Prior to his service with the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office from 2001 to 2017, Norman served with the Midlothian Police Department from 1999-2001 and the West Police Department from 1998-1999.
Norman holds a Master’s Peace Officer certification with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, which is the highest level attainable, and earned his BAAS with an emphasis in criminal justice from Midwestern State University.
“I feel called to do this,” Norman said of his campaign to serve as Ellis County Sheriff. “Mandy and I have spent a great deal of time in prayer and in discussion about my running for sheriff. This decision is made with the blessing of my family.”
Brad and Mandy Norman have been married for 31 years and have been residents of Ellis County for more than 20 years. They have three children: Crystal Norman of Midlothian, Jacob and Kayla Splawn of Proctor, Texas, and Abbigail Norman, who is a senior completing her work on a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Tarleton State University.
The Normans have 10 grandchildren and are members of Life Church in Midlothian.
“You won’t have to just make an appointment and come see me at the Sheriff’s Office,” Norman said. “I will be out and about among you in the community, eating lunch in the different cafes across our county and attending your events. I will listen to what you have to say because I care about your concerns.”
For more information, visit Norman’s campaign website at NormanForSheriff.com.