Sheriff Brown earns endorsement from Rick DuBose

Rick DuBose, superintendent of the North Texas District of the Assemblies of God, endorses Ellis County Sheriff Johnny Brown for Brown's 2016 re-election campaign.

ELLIS COUNTY — Rick DuBose, superintendent of the North Texas District of the Assemblies of God, endorses Ellis County Sheriff Johnny Brown in Brown's 2016 campaign for re-election.

In December 2015, Lakeview Camp in Maypearl housed and cared for, on behalf of the federal government and a non-profit organization, undocumented immigrant children from Central America for approximately 21 days while the immigrants awaited immigration hearings.

"Shortly after we agreed to that, our community, some rose up in great support for our decision, others in opposition to that decision and it created a pretty good storm," DuBose said.

Sheriff Brown contacted DuBose, who manages and oversees Lakeview Camp, to develop security measures outside the perimeter of the camp.

"In the case of the camp, he established a perimeter that covered all the external edges of the camp using officers as well as a process for going in and coming out of the camp to make sure that it was well protected both for the kids and for the citizens of Ellis County," DuBose said.

"He created a way as a businessman to pay for that using federal funds that would not affect or in any way impact his regular county budget."

According to DuBose, Brown's actions and professionalism earned his endorsement.

"What I saw was a man that knows how to be a Sheriff and does a good job at it. Ellis County is blessed to have him as our Sheriff. And after watching him up close and seeing how he acted, he didn't take sides, he didn't try to defend this point against that point, he did not turn it into some political opportunity," DuBose said.

"He simply did his job and did it well. We are blessed in Ellis County to have him serve as our Sheriff. And it's my goal to vote for him again and I hope you'll join me in that. He's done a good job and he will continue to do a good job to keep the citizens of Ellis County safe."

Read DuBose's full statement below the video.

Rick DuBose's full statement:

"Hello, I'm Rick DuBose, superintendent of the North Texas District of the Assemblies of God. Part of our oversight is to manage the operations of Lakeview Camp in Maypearl Texas.

As you may be aware, not too long ago we were asked to provide housing for a number of unaccompanied minors that had been brought across the border from Mexico into Texas. We got involved with both the government agency as well as BCFS, the agency that manages that process and after a short discussion, agreed to allow them to use our camp for that purpose. Shortly after we agreed to that, our community, some rose up in great support for our decision, others in opposition to that decision and it created a pretty good storm.

In the midst of that storm, I met a number of our officials that I had not met. Our congressman as well as other folks in the city, and in the community and in the county.

One of those was our sheriff, Johnny Brown. Johnny was quick to give me a phone call, ask for a meeting, we had that meeting and then agreed to meet us at the camp and help us start a process that would make sure the citizens of Ellis County were well protected as well as make sure the kids, who we would be responsible for for that 21 days would be well protected.

Johnny was incredible. I could not be more impressed with his ability as a police officer, his understanding of the process, how to provide protection for his citizens and those he was responsible for.

In the case of the camp, he established a perimeter that covered all the external edges of the camp using officers as well as a process for going in and coming out of the camp to make sure that it was well protected both for the kids and for the citizens of Ellis County.

He created a way as a businessman to pay for that using federal funds that would not affect or in any way impact his regular county budget.

I was pleased with him both as a police officer and as a businessman. I was also pleased with his attitude, how he worked and operated with the citizens who came to the camp in disappointment that we were here as well as those who came in support, how he dealt with the people on the camp, how he dealt with our staff — the professionalism.

What I saw was a man that knows how to be a Sheriff and does a good job at it. Ellis County is blessed to have him as our Sheriff. And after watching him up close and seeing how he acted, he didn't take sides, he didn't try to defend this point against that point, he did not turn it into some political opportunity.

He simply did his job and did it well. We are blessed in Ellis County to have him serve as our Sheriff. And it's my goal to vote for him again and I hope you'll join me in that. He's done a good job and he will continue to do a good job to keep the citizens of Ellis County safe.

God bless Johnny Brown and God bless you for taking the time to hear this message."