Sheriff Chuck Edge is seeking another term as the sheriff of Ellis County.
“I have been in law enforcement for over 32 years,” Edge said. Edge was appointed in 2017 to complete the first two years of the previous sheriff’s term, after he had to resign. Edge ran a successful campaign in 2018 and was able to win the final two years of the term.
“I realize we have accomplished many goals here at the ECSO since April 2017 but there are still some things we need to get done,” Edge said. Some of the major accomplishments Edge talks about completing in the first 2 ½ years are step pay plan, new radio system, policies and procedures, rebuilding the vehicle fleet and, most important, is the agency cohesion. Edge strives to have an agency where the all departments are treated the same and this has been accomplished under him. Ask the employees how the changes have been.
On April 26, 1982, Edge was first sworn in as a police officer for the Baytown, Texas, police department and worked as a patrolman for Baytown PD until he went on active duty for the U.S. Army in November 1986. Edge was deployed to the Persian Gulf and is a veteran of Desert Shield and Desert Storm. At the completion of his active duty service, he returned to the Baytown police department and continued his law enforcement career.
During his time at Baytown PD, Edge worked in patrol, narcotics, gangs, mounted patrol, collision investigations and administration. He achieved the rank of lieutenant and his last assignment with Baytown PD was as a field commander with the Harris County Organized Crime and Narcotics Task Force.
In March 2003, Edge took over as the chief of police for the city of Palestine and served there until he was hired as the chief for Waxahachie in April 2007. He retired from law enforcement, or so he thought, in July 2014 to concentrate on running his gun store, “Shooters Edge.”
Edge graduated cum laude from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a BS in professional aeronautics and has a master’s degree in public and private management from the University of Houston – Clear Lake. He is a graduate of the 222nd session of the FBI National Academy, a training program for top law enforcement professionals from around the world. He also completed the Leadership and Command College of the LEMIT. Edge has more than 7,002 hours of education and training, according to TCOLE.
Edge has been in supervisory/leadership positions for more than 22 years of his career, the last 13 years as a chief or sheriff. Edge stated earlier this year at the Ellis County Republican Women’s meeting, that he has always taken over departments that are going through some type of crisis. He is not afraid of challenges and wants to continue to raise the standards of the ECSO so that it is one of the premier agencies in the state.
“One of the big challenges we face,” Edge said, “is the passage of Tier 2 anti-annexation legislation.” The ECSO serves more than 50,000 residents in the unincorporated areas of Ellis County and, with the passage of this bill, it will only grow. Edge has already proven he is able to work with county leaders in a positive way to address these issues. This comes from years of experience as the head of an agency.
“Chuck squeaks when he walks” is what you will hear his friends say. He does not spend money frivolously and he is always able to give an account for why he is requesting an item. Edge was a successful business owner and spends taxpayer dollars as if they were his own.
Edge has been married to his college sweetheart, Kathy, for 38 years. Their son, Cody, and his wife have two boys and all live in the Milford area, where the family runs a small ranch operation.
Edge comes to work every day and puts in the hours even though, as an elected official, he is exempt. His door has always been open and will continue to be.
Visit the Facebook page, Edge for Ellis, for more information.