After 18 years of service at the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, Chief Deputy Ron Brown left his job Wednesday.
Sheriff Keith Gary said that last year he decided to try having two chief deputy positions at the Sheriff’s Office. This arrangement turned out to not work, Gary said, so effective Wednesday one of the chief deputies retired.
Before May of 2013, the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office had an assistant chief position. The Herald Democratreported in May 2013 that, at a Commissioner’s Court meeting, Gary told the Court he wanted to do away with the assistant chief position and add another chief deputy spot.
Gary told the Court the job of a chief deputy is really split into two areas. One is the civil division with sections that include civil cases, jail and communications. Brown had been serving as the sole chief deputy up until that point and had a great deal of administrative experience in the civil division, Gary said at the time.
Brown served in the civil role, and then-Assistant Chief Tom Rains was promoted to chief deputy over narcotics, investigative and patrol.
On Wednesday Gary described both as “well-qualified” for the job. However, the chief deputy staying in his position is native to the area which “gives him an edge,” Gary said.
Attempts to reach Brown were unsuccessful Wednesday afternoon. Rains confirmed that Brown retired, but said he didn’t know the effective date of the retirement.