Michael Ellison has announced his bid for the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s race in the Democratic primary. Ellison is a 26-year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office who lives in Sugar Land with his wife Rossiline, who was his high school sweetheart. They have two grown children and two grandchildren.
Ellison is currently a Sergeant at the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and holds a Master Peace Officer’s License. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and will complete his Master’s Degree in October of 2012.
Sergeant Ellison gained statewide attention in August of this year when he confronted a group of armed robbers at the Wells Fargo Bank in New Territory and exchanged gunfire with one of the suspects. Sergeant Ellison sustained multiple gunshot wounds, but says that his concern for the safety and welfare of others was far greater than for himself. “This climatic event brought on my decision to run for the office of sheriff,” Ellison says.
He has received numerous awards for heroism, valor, and core values. He is also this year’s nominee by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office for the upcoming 100 Club Award.
“I am not a politician and I don’t even pretend to be,” says Ellison. “I am a law enforcement officer with extensive supervisory experience. I believe that Fort Bend County will benefit from the principles of leadership, confidence, integrity, and service that I will bring to the sheriff’s department.”
Ellison adds, “I believe that it is an honor as well as a privilege to bear the title Public Servant, and that is the attitude we need in professional law enforcement in Fort Bend. We also need leadership that is fair and impartial and will make a commitment to bring this department into the 21st century.”
“We also need to restore and rebuild trust within the department and build a rapport with surrounding law enforcement agencies. I can do that,” he says.
Ellison is also the Pastor of Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Richmond, a position he has served for the past 9 years. He has been an ordained minister for 17 years.