Blackmon announces candidacy for county sheriff

Mickey Blackmon is planning to run for Hutchinson County Sheriff in next year’s elections.Blackmon said he wants to see the office of sheriff taken to a professional level that is proactive.“I would provide all citizens with 24-7 law enforcement coverage that I feel they deserve,” he said.Blackmon has worked in the field of law enforcement for 38 years. He spent 20 years in the 84th District Attorney’s Office, working as an investigator and also as a polygraph examiner.He served four years as the Hutchinson County Sheriff previously, and has worked for the past nine and a half years in the Potter County Sheriff’s Office.He is a graduate of Borger High School, received his Associate of Arts from Frank Phillips College and a Bachelor of Arts from West Texas State University. Blackmon is also a graduate of the Texas A&M University School of Polygraph Examiners.Blackmon said that peace officers are required to get training through TCLEOSE (Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education), a regulatory agency within the state. He has received numerous training hours through TCLEOSE, and is also a state-certified instructor for the agency.He has taught academies in Potter County for the Texas Commission on Jail Standards, and is the director of Potter County Citizens Academy. Blackmon said he would like to put a citizens academy in Hutchinson County if he is elected sheriff.He is in charge of the Crime Prevention Program for Potter County, which allows him to do all kinds of programs in Potter County and Randall County. He visits all 40 elementary schools in the Amarillo presenting programs.Blackmon said he and his wife Debbie, who works in the district clerk’s office in Stinnett, have made Borger their home by choice. They have two children and two grandchildren, who Blackmon said are the absolute lights of their lives.His daughter and son-in-law teach in the Amarillo Independent School District, and his son is in the United States Air Force, working as a security police officer.Blackmon said he is excited about putting his hat in the ring for the office of sheriff, and eager to start the campaign process.“I am focused on running a positive and informative campaign,” he said.He said he hopes when people go to the ballot boxes next year, they will cast their votes based on the ability and character of candidates. He said he is eager and excited to serve if elected.“I love the people of Hutchinson County, and I want to serve them,” Blackmon said.