SHERMAN, TX -- Some Grayson County Corrections Officers are celebrating job promotions today. Sheriff Keith Gary promoted three officers at the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office Monday morning. The three have worked over twelve years combined at the Sheriff's Office.
Andrew Baldridge was promoted to Corporal. Andrew graduated from Bells High School, he has worked locally for MEMC, Black & Decker and Kwikset. Andrew left Kwikset to work for Securitas in 2006.
He was hired by the Sheriff’s Office in November of 2007 and has been with the Sheriff’s Office for almost 5 years.
Corporal Josh Allen is now Sergeant. Josh worked for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice from 2005 to 2007. He has been employed with the Sheriff’s Office since 2007
And Sergeant Brian Ford is the new Lieutenant and Assistant Jail Administrator.
Brian graduated from high school in Vicenza, Italy. Attended college at Texas State Technical College in Waco and Grayson County College in Denison. Brian graduated Valedictorian of his class from the North Texas Police Academy in June 2011. Brian worked in the lumber industry for 26 years in various managerial positions. During that time he was a store manager, district retail manager and an area manager. Brian joined the Sheriff’s Office in September 2009.
Sheriff Gary says he agrees with the chief that it's the best jail staff they've had in twelve years and respects their hard work.
"Sometimes the prisoners are not the best behaved," said the Sheriff. "It's just like in Lt. Ford's place. I mean, his rise was rapid because of his ability and these other people that we promoted today have great ability."
Each had to pass a state mandated Corrections Officer's test to be eligible for promotion and began their new job responsibilities Monday.