New Year’s Day was déjà vu for Marian Brown, who was sworn in as interim Dallas County sheriff a year ago after Lupe Valdez stepped down to run for Texas governor. County commissioners picked Brown to replace Valdez, and voters made the job official in November.
Longtime County Commissioner John Wiley Price swore in Brown, the county’s first black sheriff, in a ceremony Tuesday at the Frank Crowley Courts Building.
“I don’t know that I’ve had a greater pleasure than in this historical moment,” said Price, who leads county committees on the jail population and jail sanitation.
Among those celebrating with Brown were her husband and daughter, KDFW-TV (Channel 4) journalist Shaun Rabb and Kayla Rabb, and her parents, Jim and Estella Lockett.
The commissioner highlighted Brown’s long career at the Duncanville Police Department, where she rose from patrol officer to assistant chief. She joined the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department in 2014 and was Valdez’s third-in-command before her promotion to the top job.
Among her accomplishments, Brown said she had introduced a philosophy of core values — “integrity out loud, professionalism out front and accountability in all” — and had those values displayed on department vehicles and in the halls of the jail to guide her staff.