Sheriff Harbin’s law enforcement career began in 1976 as a Reserve Deputy. With his experiences and expertise, by 1996, he ran for Sheriff and has consistently been re-elected, running with no opposition, making him the longest-running Sheriff in the history of Ellis County. He is a member of the Kansas Sheriff’s Association, the National Sheriff’s Association and the Kansas Police Officer’s Association. He also serves as an officer in the 3rd Degree Knights of Columbus and in the Bishop Cunningham 4th Degree Assembly Knights of Columbus.
Sheriff Harbin is noted as being fair and deals with each issue in an ethical manner. His office door is always open to the public, as well as his employees and is always open to listen and help when he can.
The Sheriff continues to be involved with the D.A.R.E. program, teaching fifth grade students, and serves on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers/Big Sisters. In 2006, he was honored for his volunteerism with the Andrew O’Donovan Kansas Volunteer Award of Excellence. He was honored as the “All-American Citizen for 2011.” He is a member of the local Rotary Club and was awarded their plaque for “Recognition of Outstanding International Service” in 2010 and 2011. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Senior Companion Foster/Grandparent program and is a member and active volunteer with the Sons of the VFW.
After all this, he still enjoys calling bingo and routinely works out by jogging on a treadmill and riding his bicycle around the City of Hays. He is a father of three and a grandfather of five.
We would like to thank him for his service to Ellis County and present Sheriff Charles “Ed” Harbin with our Wives Behind the Badge, Inc. National Community Hero Award on behalf of the Kansas Auxiliary. Congratulations, Sheriff – thank you for your service and dedication to your community. Well done.