More than 40 years ago today, Sullins taught the kids to behave
WAXAHACHIE – Chief Deputy Charles Sullins sits in his chair pondering what’s to come next in his career spanning more than 40 years once he officially retires at the age of 65 on Friday, March 25.
“I’m still going to have to work, probably do some part time” said Sullins, who oversees the Ellis County Jail dispatch and the drug task force at the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office. “I’m not much of a traveler.”
Sullins, the first certified officer in the county, got his start working in North Richland Hills in 1967 as a patrol officer.
“Let me tell you, this is not how you go in and surprise your wife you signed up as an officer but, I was working at Safeway, applied and the exact day my wife[Paula] was giving birth to our daughter, I walked in with my uniform on and that’s how she found out.”
Always one to crack jokes, Sullins proves to be a strong man who believes you can do more with words than fight.
“I remember this one time I caught a kid with a roach [a joint of marijuana] gave him a good chewin’ [talking to] and flushed it down the toilet,” said Sullins reflecting on one of his memorable moments.
“Then this one day, not too long ago, walking in, comes an older male sitting down and saying, ‘you don’t remember me do you?’ sure enough, it was the kid who I talked to about the joint and he is now a medical doctor in Houston.”
Memories such as these, are what Sullins will miss the most.
“I am a people person. I will miss the people. Once you have been around for so long everyone is like family and seeing them daily will be something I greatly miss.”
The man who doesn’t like to sit behind a desk, will be converting part of his barn in Hill County to an office.
“I’ll get up and go out there. What I really want to do, it assist families who have loved ones in jail, those are the ones who really need the most support sometimes.”
Spanning his career Sullins worked his way up through Waxahachie Police Department where he was chief, worked as the Red Oak Police Chief, city administrator, fire chief and “whatever other shoe needed to be filled there”, before working in 1995 under Ray Stewart before retiring the first time at 62 and coming back to work with Sheriff Johnny Brown.
“I used to be Johnny’s boss and now he is over me haha, I can still get a good smack on him though,” laughed Sullins.
“He knows better than to mess around with me,” joked Sullins.
Sullins loves laughing and people involvement, he constantly expresses his love of interaction.
“I was never the guy out racking up quotas, I wanted to be the man for the people, to assist whenever they needed me, day or night.”