I’M BRAD NORMAN
Hello Ellis County! My name is Brad Norman. I am running to be the Sheriff of Ellis County, and I am the Republican candidate for that office. I will be on the Republican Primary ballot in March of 2020 and would appreciate your support and your vote.
I was born in Dallas, Texas to Bruce and Mary Norman. My Father, Bruce, was a high school principal in Dallas Independent School District and a Pastor, and my Mother had the difficult job of keeping me and my siblings in line. I graduated High School from Justin F. Kimball in Dallas, Texas in 1983. While I was in high school, I worked at Safeway Grocery Store in various positions. I stayed with Safeway throughout high school and into my college years. Safeway closed its stores in Texas in 1985 while I was attending the University of Texas in Arlington. During my time at UTA, I met the love of my life, and future wife, Mandy.
ABOUT MY FAMILY
In 1988, I convinced Mandy to marry me. Once she had agreed to share her life with me, my focus in life changed. I stepped away from college to build our family. In 1990, Mandy and I, along with our two children, Crystal Norman and Jake Splawn, moved to Clifton, Texas. There we helped build and operate the Three Mountain Retreat, a Christian conference center. In 1996, Mandy and I were blessed with our third child, Abbey Norman.
Brad and Mandy’s three children and their respective families all volunteer for the Norman For Sheriff Campaign. Their daughter, Crystal Norman, who resides Midlothian, their son Jake and daughter-in-law Kayla, who reside in Proctor, and their youngest daughter, Abby, who is attending Tarlton State University as well as their ten grandchildren can all be seen at the campaign events. Brad and Mandy are also grateful for their church family as they are both members of Life Church in Midlothian, TX.
A LOVE OF LAW ENFORCEMENT
In 1998, our lives took a change in direction. I had always expressed my interest in law enforcement and had always felt a calling to the profession, but like so many others, I put that desire on the back burner because being a husband and father took priority.
One evening while Mandy and I were talking about our future, she encouraged me to attend the police academy. Understanding the sacrifices she would have to make while I achieved my goals still makes me emotional to this day. In March of 1998, I enrolled at the Heart of Texas Police Academy in Waco, Texas. Later that year, I graduated Salutatorian from the academy.
MY LAW ENFORCEMENT CAREER
I began my law enforcement career at the City of West Police Department.
In 1999, I applied and was hired by the Midlothian Police Department. I was immediately assigned to the Southeast Metroplex Narcotics Task Force. I worked as an undercover officer and investigated drug-related crimes throughout the Metroplex area.
In 2001, I was asked by former Sheriff Ray Stewart (Ret.) to join the Sheriff’s Office and become his Assistant Commander of the Task Force. In October 2001, I accepted the promotion and started my employment with the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office. I served in this leadership position until Sheriff Stewart asked me to take an assignment with the Drug Enforcement Administration. The assignment was as a deputized Task Force Officer with DEA and assigned to the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) in Irving, Texas. There, I worked high level, international drug trafficking organizations, and cartels. I learned and used some of the most advanced investigative techniques and cutting-edge technology to disrupt and dismantle these organizations. One of the largest cases I worked originated in Waxahachie, Texas and started with the purchase of a single piece of crack cocaine. From that small but significant purchase, I was able to identify the supplier and worked the investigation up the supply chain to high ranking members of the Gulf Cartel. As a result, I federally indicted 36 people for various drug-related crimes and seized several millions of dollars in drug proceeds.
In 2007, former Sheriff Stewart (Ret.) offered me a promotion to the rank of Lieutenant and command of the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigation Unit. I accepted the promotion and served in this capacity until 2009.
In 2009, former Sheriff Johnny Brown promoted me to the position of Operations Captain at the Sheriff’s Office. In that position, I managed the law enforcement operations at the Sheriff’s Office to include Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Special Investigations, Courthouse security, the Training Academy, K9 units, Crime Scene Investigations, SWAT, the Civil Division, Animal Control, the Warrants Division, and the Explorer program.
During my tenure as the Operations Captain, I helped establish the Ellis County Sheriff’s Posse, the Aviation Program, a certified dive team for rescue and recovery operations, The Explorer youth program, and the Boat Patrol program.
I was also responsible for the creation of the standardized testing practices for new-hires to ensure only the best applicants became Ellis County Deputies. I remained in this position until Chief Deputy Dennis Brearley retired in May of 2015. After Chief Brearley’s retirement, Sheriff Brown promoted me to the position of Chief Deputy.
As Chief Deputy, my responsibilities included management and supervision of all aspects of the Sheriff’s Office including the Wayne McCollum Detention Center and it’s 240 plus employees. I oversaw the Sheriff’s Office 19-million-dollar budget and worked to be as efficient as possible with our Taxpayer dollars. I served in this capacity until April of 2017, when the newly appointed Sheriff hired his command staff to carry out his vision.
Tarrant County Constables Office
After leaving the Sheriff’s Office, I immediately went to work at the Tarrant County Constables Office Precinct 7 in Mansfield, Texas where I continue to serve as a reserve deputy. In February 2018, I accepted a position with the Methodist Health System Police Department.
Methodist Health System
I currently hold the rank of Lieutenant and oversee the operations at the Methodist Hospital in Mansfield, Texas. With new opportunities, I seek to find a way to use learned skills to further the organization but also to use the opportunity to broaden my knowledge base. Among all of the opportunities this current position has offered, two of the most significant have been:
- Interact with and help those individuals and families affected by the opioid crisis. 70,237 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States in 2017. Opioids were involved in 47,600 overdose deaths in 2017 (67.8% of all drug overdose deaths). The opioid crisis is taking our children and tearing families apart. As law enforcement, we need to be more proactive in stopping it without forgetting the families that it affects.
- Find positive ways to affect the interaction between law enforcement and individuals with mental illness as well as better understand the needs of individuals with mental illness. A recent study showed 43.8 million adults in the U.S. experience mental illness each year. Law enforcement contact with individuals in a mental crisis is inevitable and we as law enforcement need to be prepared to resolve these interactions in the most positive manner possible.
In 2006, I graduated Cum Laude from Midwestern State University with a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science degree in Criminal Justice
In 2015, I graduated from the Bill Blackwood LCC (Leadership Command College)
IMPORTANT MILESTONES IN MY CAREER
- The Regional Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) case of the year;
- The National Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) case of the year award;
- The DEA Administrators Award; and
- The Texas Narcotics Officer of the Year award for the North Region.
MY LAW ENFORCEMENT GOALS
Throughout my career, I have strived to provide the public with the dedication and service they deserve and should expect from their law enforcement officers. I want to put my experience and dedication to work for you as your Sheriff of Ellis County. I will be available to the public I serve and plan to be involved in the communities within Ellis County, and not just at election time. As your Sheriff, I will work with other law enforcement agencies and county departments to ensure the highest quality of service to our citizens and those who visit our great county.
I am the right person to lead the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office at a time when this county faces such rapid growth and diversity. I humbly ask for your vote and your support in the Republican Primary election on March 3rd, 2020. Thank you and may God bless you and your families.