Carl "Rook" Ramsey
1, 1951, to December 31, 1960
January 1, 1977, to December 31, 1984
Carl "Rook" Ramsey is probably the most well known sheriff in Wise
County History. He was born in Decatur, Texas, on March 1, 1911. He attended school in
Bridgeport, but graduated from Graham high school. He also attended Decatur Baptist
College. In 1935, He married Mable Sparks of Boyd. They had one daughter.
Rook Ramsey began his career in law enforcement in the early forty's as the
city Marshall for the City of Bridgeport. On November 7, 1950, he was elected to what
would be the first of many terms of office. He served until December 31, 1960.
After leaving the sheriff's department, Rook and his wife moved to Fort Worth,
and went to work as the Chief jailer for Tarrant County Sheriff Lon Evans. In 1975, the
Ramsey family moved back to Bridgeport, and Rook took an investigator position with the
Bridgeport Police Department.
On November 2, 1976, he was elected to his second term as sheriff. He served as
sheriff from January 1, 1977, until January 1, 1985, when he retired.
Rook Ramsey died on October 6, 1994. He served as sheriff for a total of
Carl "Rook" Ramsey was not only well known, but he was also
by the citizens of Wise County, both young and old.