Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

Latest News

March 17, 2014

Latta honored for service to NCSO

Corsicana — Capt. Brett Latta’s many years of service to the Navarro County Sheriff’s Department was recognized Monday with a special award.

Latta was honored as the agency’s Employee of the Year at a departmental meeting held Monday at the Navarro County Courthouse. Navarro County Sheriff Elmer Tanner presented Latta with the award as part of his annual meeting with deputies and employees of the agency.

Tanner said Latta’s efforts for the department and his contributions to the betterment of agency were among the reasons for Latta’s choice for the award.

“He is a consummate team player. He understands every aspect of the operations of the facility,” Tanner said.

Tanner credited Latta with providing assistance in all areas of the agency, not just those he is responsible for — going above and beyond to help with the day to day operations of the Sheriff’s Office.

“He does this on a daily basis, and I believe he should be recognized,” Tanner said in announcing Latta as the recipient.

Tanner noted the standing ovation Latta received as recognition of his service by his peers.

“What a testimony to your friends and your family to give that standing ovation to you, for what you mean to us and what you do for our agency,” Tanner said.

“We are a team,” Latta said. “We’ve got great team players.”

Latta praised the spirit of cooperation and support among the administration and various divisions in the office.

“I’m working with the best administrative staff I ever have at the Navarro County Sheriff’s Office,” Latta said.

During Monday’s meeting, Tanner shared an overview of major activities within the department during 2013, his first year as sheriff.

“You have one of the toughest jobs there is,” Tanner said of police work, noting that many times officers and law enforcement employees are faced with situations that most people aren’t.

He thanked the department’s employees for their support and service during the year, one that has seen manpower shortages in every division with the department.

Tanner has said the county’s pay scale for sheriff’s department employees lags behind those of other agencies in the area, and has been the cause of numerous resignations and affects efforts trying to attract new employees. He said the department had lost “hundreds of years of experience” as a result of employees leaving the sheriff’s office for other higher-paying jobs.

Monday he said efforts to address the pay scale are continuing.

“I think we will see progress,” the sheriff said, “but you can never be compensated enough for what you do.”

Despite the manpower shortages in jail operations, the facility has passed two inspections since Tanner took office in January 2013. Tanner said one of the inspectors from the state told him “For an older facility, this is the cleanest jail in Texas.”

Tanner also outlined several accomplishments made during the year, including security enhancement in the Justice Center, and savings to the taxpayers of the county through changes to the food service program and health care services for inmates.

Also recognized at Monday’s annual meeting of the department were accomplishments for perfect attendance and marksmanship, with recipients presented with certificates.


Bob Belcher may be reached by email at Want to “Soundoff” on this story? Email:

Text Only
Latest News
  • 7-31-14 Fire2.jpg Deputies, fire departments have busy weekend

    An attempt to bootleg electricity off a pole using jumper cables is believed to have caused a building fire that took out a former restaurant in Angus Friday morning, one of a series of calls to Navarro County Sheriff’s Office to the southern end of the county over the weekend.

    July 30, 2014 2 Photos

  • 7-31-14 Rice ISD Alex Stough mug.jpg Rice students win UIL scholarships

    Three Rice High School students received UIL scholarships for competing in academic competitions at the state level, according to advisor Alan Lewis.

    July 30, 2014 3 Photos

  • 7-31-14 Collin Main signal.jpg Signal finally fixed

    It took a couple of months to get the parts, but the signal light at Main and Collin streets in downtown Corsicana is finally up and working again.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • A more vigorous US economy appears to be emerging

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy has rebounded with vigor from a grim start to 2014 and should show renewed strength into next year.

    July 30, 2014

  • Poll: Americans cool to border-crossing children

    SAN DIEGO — Americans are wary of granting refugee status to children crossing the U.S. border to flee strife-torn countries in Central America, and most in an Associated Press-GfK poll say the U.S. does not have a moral obligation to accept asylum seekers generally.

    July 30, 2014

  • 7-30-14 4-H robotics.jpg Science made simple

    Hats out of old newspaper and leftover wrapping paper, simple robots out of popsicle sticks, rubber bands and pencil erasers, a microcosm of the aquifer made of root beer and ice cream — with a dollop of chocolate syrup. These were among the fun science projects at Tuesday’s 4-H Discovery Days event at the Navarro County Youth Expo.

    July 29, 2014 3 Photos

  • County: No increase in city subsidies

    As budget talks continue at the Navarro County Courthouse, one consensus that’s been reached will impact budget planning at the Corsicana Government Center.

    July 29, 2014

  • 7-30-14 AthensFire.jpg Senate report finds fault with government inspection of chemical facilities

    WASHINGTON — The government has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers to be at a higher risk for a terror attack and has underestimated the threat to densely populated cities, congressional investigators say.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-30-14 Club-Rotary gov.jpg Club News

    News and announcements submitted by clubs and organizations throughout Navarro County.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Local Beat 7/30/14

    A listing of meetings and events of interest from throughout Navarro County.

    July 29, 2014