William “Tony” Bennie rose through the ranks as a Texas Ranger before joining the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office. He worked with the Sheriff to build a team of passionate deputies as well as effective units including one that focuses on crime and narcotics across nine counties. He’s handled mental health and border issues up close and has brought that institutional knowledge to Grayson County. Outside of the law enforcement field, he sits on the board for the Child Advocacy Center and on the board for the Texoma Community Center.
1980 / Where it Started
Chief Deputy Bennie grew up in Sherman and graduated Sherman High in 1980. He attended Grayson County College and worked for Texas Power and Light for four and a half years before jumping with both feet into the field of law enforcement.
1995 / Road to the Rangers
After attending the Texas Department Training Academy in 1986, Bennie served as a Texas Highway Patrolman in Kaufman County, then was promoted into the Texas Rangers in 1995 and stationed in Hunt County.
2007 / Promoted to Lieutenant
Bennie was transferred back home to Grayson County in 1996 where he worked until he was promoted to Lieutenant in 2007 and temporarily assigned to Laredo before opening a new Texas Ranger Lieutenant duty station in Tyler in 2008.
2011 / Taking Charge
Bennie continued sharpening his skills with training at the FBI National Academy. By 2011 he was promoted to Captain and stationed at Ranger Headquarters in Austin. He was promoted to Major in 2012 and took command of Texas Ranger Company “C” in Lubbock. In 2015 he transferred to Garland to take command of Texas Ranger Company “B.”
Chief Deputy Bennie
Bennie retired from the Texas DPS in 2016 after thirty years of service to the State of Texas. Since that time, he’s served Grayson County as Chief Deputy of the Sheriff’s Office. Chief Bennie holds a Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Master Peace Officer Certificate, an Instructor’s Certificate, and a Jailers License.
Ready to Tackle Tough Issues
Continue community involvement through crime prevention, drug awareness programs, and safety audits
Work with community leaders to address Grayson County's mental health challenges
Continue to improve organizational efficiency and effectiveness by recruiting quality personnel and training