James Qualls announces candidacy for county sheriff

James Qualls has announced his candidacy for Hutchinson County Sheriff.Qualls was born in Duncan, Okla., in 1948. He is happily married to Kellie (Snider). Between them they have eight children, 23 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. They attend Celebration Family Church in Fritch.He grew up in California, and graduated high school in Riverside, Calif., in 1966. Over the years, he continued his education in a slow pace, taking classes in community colleges as well as continuing education in law enforcement.Qualls finally obtained a bachelor’s degree from St. Johns University (not Texas accredited, accreditation through seminary) in 1995, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a grade point of 4.0.“I am certified through the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) as a Master Peace Officer, qualified as special investigator and certified as an instructor,” he said.Qualls also taught the concealed handgun class through Frank Phillips College from 1997 to 2005.He began his law enforcement career in San Bernardino County, Calif. in 1969. In 1982, he received a medical retirement from San Bernardino and soon after moved out of California.He stayed out of law enforcement for a few years and in 1989 he went to work in the security field for a nuclear plant, Rocky Flats (Colorado’s sister plant to Pantex. He continued in this field until his family moved to Fritch.“In 1997 I again went back into law enforcement, full time, in Hutchinson County and remain there today,” Qualls said.He is currently assigned as the Chief Deputy with the Hutchinson County Sheriff’s Office. As second in charge, he is responsible for all facets of the Sheriff’s Office.Qualls conducts investigations, making arrests, prepares the annual budget, and is in charge of all employees in the patrol division, investigations, civil, and jail division as well as records. He is the administrative point of contact for State Jail Inspections.“I feel we have a very professional department and all our deputies are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” he said. “As with any business, there is always room for improvement and I look forward to making these improvements and working with the citizens of Hutchinson County.”Qualls said he is asking for and would appreciate the support of the community at election time.“Please elect James Qualls as your Hutchinson County Sheriff,” he said.