Scott Braun has been appointed Ellis County’s new undersheriff by Sheriff Ed Harbin, the office announced Friday. Braun is a native of Victoria and has approximately 22 years of experience in law enforcement.

"I'm honored that Ed has the faith in me to be his undersheriff, and I am looking forward to the challenges of being in this particular role," Braun said Friday afternoon. "I will serve the residents of Ellis County the best that I can."

He joined the sheriff’s department full-time in 1997 as a deputy sheriff following employment at Ellis Police Department. Braun was promoted to detective in 2005 and took on the role of field operations coordinator for the county Drug Enforcement Unit and later was promoted to administrative coordinator for the unit.

“Over the last 22 years of Scott’s law enforcement career, he has been recognized for his service and heroism,” Harbin stated in a media release. “Detective Braun was named the State of Kansas 2006 Deputy Sheriff of the Year and named the National Association of Police Organization 2007 Top Cop honorable mention. He was a recipient of the Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police Gold Award of Valor as well as the Kansas Highway Patrol Superintendent Meritorious Award in 2001.”

The appointment follows Wednesday’s retirement of long-time undersheriff Bruce Hertel.

Braun also coordinated the county’s K9 program and became the department’s first canine handler in 1999, later going on to become a canine instructor.

He also has instructed officers throughout the state in specialized fields of narcotics courses, including Top Gun and BNIC. He also instructs officers in the use of field test kits, simunitions, GPS installation, search warrant writing, officer tactics, racial profiling/bias and use of force.

He was born and raised in Victoria, graduating from Victoria High School. He attended Fort Hays State University, majoring in sociology/criminal justice. He also attended the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center in Hutchinson.

“Not only is Scott active in law enforcement, but he is an active member in his community,” Harbin stated.

Braun currently is serving as Rotary president and is a member of Knights of Columbus. He also served on the First Call For Help board and is active in his church parish council.

He has been an active member of the Kansas Narcotics Officer Association Board since 2010 and is serving his second year as president of the organization.