Don Johnson announces candidacy for county sheriff

Don Johnson has announced his candidacy for Hutchinson County Sheriff in next year’s election.Johnson said he wants the position of sheriff as well as the sheriff’s department to be held accountable to the citizens of Hutchinson County.“I want the department to be proactive as well as professional,” he said. “I will provide law enforcement 24-7 to all areas of the county.”Johnson just retired from the Department of Public Safety after 34 years of service to the people of Texas. He spent 32 of the 34 years working in Hutchinson County.He is a graduate of Dalhart High School and attended Amarillo College as well as Wayland Baptist College. He also has extensive training in the field of law enforcement.“I have a Master Peace Officer Certificate through the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education,” Johnson said. “I am a certified driving instructor in Texas as well as Oklahoma. I have been involved in DPS recruit school pursuit driver training for 23 years. I spent 27 weeks in Austin in 2007-2008 as a DPs Recruit School Counselor.”He and his wife Sandy have lived in Borger for 33 years and have two children and five grandchildren. Their son and daughter-in-law live in Pampa. Their daughter and son-in-law live in Wills Point.Johnson said he is ready to get the campaign underway.“I am excited about running for the office of sheriff and eager to start the campaign process,” he said. “I am focused on running a positive and informative campaign.”