Brown County Sheriff Office Leadership Team
Sheriff Gordon Ellis
Sheriff Gordon Ellis began his full-time law enforcement career in 1985 when he was hired as a Deputy Sheriff with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Ellis went on to be a Police Officer and Sergeant before he was selected to be a Police Chief. Sheriff Ellis was a Police Chief in two different agencies before retiring as Police Chief from the City of Franklin. Sheriff Ellis moved to Brown County and was selected as the Police Chief for Lake Waynoka prior to being elected the Sheriff of Brown County in 2017. Sheriff Ellis completed the following senior police course: The FBI National Academy, C.L.E.E. (Certified Law Enforcement Program),PELC (Police Executive Leadership College).
Sheriff holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from the University of the State of New York, a Masters of Arts Degree in Education from Muskingum University and a Master’s of Strategic Studies Degree from the U.S. Army War College.
Sheriff Ellis has served in the U.S. Army and retired on December 31, 2020 from the National Guard. He retired as the Commanding General of the 38th Infantry Division. Major General (Sheriff) Ellis has completed (4) overseas deployments serving in Kosovo, Kuwait/Iraq/Afghanistan and the Arabian Peninsula. He was last deployed in 2019-2020 as the Commander of Task Force Spartan, leading 12,000 US Army ground forces on the Arabian Peninsula.
Chief Deputy Christopher Hodges graduated from the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy in April of 1999 and started his career with the Fayetteville Police Department. Chief Hodges went on to work for the Mt Orab Police department where he achieved the rank of Sergeant prior to being selected for the Chief Deputy position at the Brown County Sheriff’s Office.
Chief Hodges has an Associate’s of Applied Science from Hocking College, is a 2016 graduate of the School of Police Staff and Command at Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety, and completed the Certified Law Enforcement Executive program through the Ohio Association of Chief's of Police and the Lew Enforcement Foundation in 2021.
Chief Deputy Chris Hodges
Captain Chad Noble started with the Brown County Sheriff's office in corrections in January 2008. He then graduated from the Brown County Police Academy in 2012 and began his career as a deputy sheriff. Captain Noble worked as an investigator for 3 years prior to being promoted to sergeant of investigations. Captain Noble also serves as a hostage negotiations team leader for the Brown County Multi-jurisdictional SWAT Team.
Captain Noble is currently completing his associates degree and is enrolled in the Police Executive Leadership College.