LCSO appoints senior staff to oversee prison and training division

Ann Marie Mitchell, John Bennett and John Headrick (left to right) have been promoted to new positions in the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office.

The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office has promoted staff members to key positions in the LCSO jail and training division. The promotions were made on Friday October 1 by Sheriff Bobby Rader.

Sgt. Ann Marie Mitchell, who was previously the Training Division Coordinator, is now the new County Jail Administrator. Captain John Bennett, who was previously a Patrol Sergeant, works with Mitchell in the administrative ranks of the prison.

Now heading the Training Division is John Headrick, former deputy and former peace officer. The three promoted have extensive experience in their respective new fields.

Mitchell has 13 years of law enforcement experience and is a retired United States Army Military Police Officer. In addition to holding a master of peace certification, with many hours of study in inmate rights and privileges, mental health and accountability in prison, she also holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership from Mary Hardin-Baylor University.

“Through teamwork, I hope to provide a safe and efficient working environment for staff and a safe place for inmate rehabilitation. I have spent many years in the military leading soldiers and I hope to use the knowledge I have gained to better serve my staff, the sheriff’s office and my community, ”said Mitchell.

Bennett began his law enforcement career with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice when he was just 18, working as a correctional officer in low, medium and high detention facilities. Towards the end of his TDCJ career, he was assigned to Polansky Unit Death Row in Livingston. In addition to being a certified instructor by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE), Bennett is a SWAT operator and less than lethal instructor. His background and qualifications will help ensure that those entering the facility will be treated fairly and with dignity.

To round out these new appointments, John Headrick, who most recently served as LCSO Reserve Assistant. Cpl. Headrick is a native of Dayton with over 30 years of law enforcement experience and was the Dayton Police Chief for five years until his retirement. He is also a Dayton city councilor. As the Head of the Training Division, Headrick will be responsible for maintaining and maintaining the state’s training and hiring requirements for peace officers and correctional officers.

Sheriff Rader says he’s happy to have made these promotions.

“I have had the opportunity to observe the work ethic of Ann Marie Mitchell, John Bennet and John Headrick for many years. Their dedication to their work and their professionalism was the main reason I asked them to step in and occupy positions that were very important to the success of the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office and the Jail in the Liberty County. All three “hit the ground running”. The enthusiasm they have for their work inspires others. I consider each of them a blessing and look forward to working with each of them, ”Rader said.

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