By Sheriff Elmer Tanner
Navarro County Sheriff
The Sheriff's Office had 1,158 calls for service in February that included 84 loose livestock calls.
The N.C.S.O. Dispatch received 1,441 calls for assistance to 9-1-1 during the month.
There were 280 persons arrested and booked into the Navarro County Justice Center. The average daily jail population was 227 inmates.
We entered into an agreement with Southern Health Partners for inmate health care and the transition has been smooth thus far with no reported problems. I believe that this agreement could save the taxpayers $100,000 or more annually.
We filed one felony count of escape against an individual who had been placed under arrest in the adult probation office inside the courthouse for an outstanding burglary of a habitation warrant. The deputy assigned to courthouse security had arrested the suspect and was walking the handcuffed suspect to the Justice Center when he broke away and fled a short distance before being apprehended with the assistance of a citizen that was nearby.
An escapee from the state of Georgia was apprehended in Corsicana and placed in the Justice Center. The suspect waived extradition and was just extradited back to Georgia.
The Narcotics Task Force arrested 14 suspects, filed 17 criminal cases, and also served six outstanding arrest warrants.
The N.C.S.O. estrayed one donkey and one cow which were hauled to the county farm in Angus. We also sold 15 estrayed and seized horses at Cleburne Horse Sales Auction for $ 2,141.27.
Seven inmates were transported to the Texas Department of Corrections and six other inmates were transferred to State Jail and SAFP units to serve their sentences.
As of Feb. 28, we had 18 available positions throughout the agency. We have had some lateral transfers to fill vacancies within the agency but they created additional open positions in the jail. We continue to attempt to resolve these employment issues daily.
A total of five officers resigned this month and three were hired.
We offer our congratulations to the following deputies on their new positions: Patrol Sergeant Jeff Harbuck, who transferred to C.I.D. Sergeant; Joey Jock, who promoted to evening Patrol Sergeant; Brittany Martin, who transferred to telecommunications; and Darrell Waller, who was assigned as the department’s Tactical Commander.
I have encouraged all our employees to stay focused on their jobs and not get distracted or caught up in the circumstances of being understaffed and overworked at this time.
My officers know they must try to keep their families, finances and personal lives out of their job as it can affect their safety as well as the split-second decisions they must sometimes make for the safety of the citizens they have sworn to protect.
“Sometimes adversity is what we need to experience in order to be successful. Use every challenge as a learning experience that makes you smarter and stronger. Stay focused on your goal and keep trying. Eventually you will achieve the results you desire.” - Zig Ziglar
As always, God Bless and be safe.
Sheriff Elmer Tanner