Brent Dickson

Brent Dickson says his focus will be on community and technology

CHEROKEE COUNTY – A county law enforcement officer is the first to announce his bid for the Cherokee County Sheriff's seat, which is up for election on Nov. 5.

Brent Dickson, currently a narcotics detective with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, recently announced his bid.

“I expect there will be a high number of candidates (for the sheriff's seat) at this time, and I wanted word to get out to the community, to let them know I'm serious about it,” he said, adding that in creating a strong sheriff's department, “it starts with us reaching out to the community. We have a lot of great leaders in our communities, we just need to be doing things to bring them all together.”

Two men in particular have helped foster his desire to seek the position of the county's top law enforcement official: Jimmy Dickson, his dad, and James Campbell, the two most recent county sheriffs.

“My father was sheriff here in Cherokee County when I was a kid, in the late '80s, early 90s. Watching my dad grow in that position, seeing the respect he gave to the community as he served … (running for sheriff) is something I've wanted to do for a long time,” said Dickson.

Meanwhile, working as part of Campbell's department “has been an honor,” he said.

“Just watching him, and the respect he has not only for the men and women in his department, but for the community, (is an inspiration),” he said. “Seeing the way he's taken care of our community, our department for years, and his love of law enforcement also inspired me to follow in his footsteps.”

Dickson, a 2005 Jacksonville High School graduate attended Kilgore Fire Academy, Tyler Junior College and the East Texas Police Academy.

He served as a volunteer firefighter for Gallatin Fire Department, Earl's Chapel Fire Department and for the Jacksonville Fire Department.

In 2006, he began his career with the Cherokee County Sheriffs Office as a correctional officer, attending college, then later became a paid firefighter/EMT for the City of Jacksonville, according to a release.

He remained in that position until 2011, when he returned to work at the sheriff's department, first as a correctional officer, then as a patrol deputy. Dickson also has held the positions of patrol deputy, patrol corporal, K-9 interdiction deputy and SWAT Team Leader.

Dickson is a past recipient of the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office Employee of the Year award, the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office Peace Officer of the Year award and the City of Alto award for Going Above and Beyond the Call of Duty.

He said his diverse background with the sheriff's department will be an asset to the position he is seeking.

“I've worked everything from the jail to capital murder, and am familiar with each aspect of the job. And knowing what my guys need, because I've been in that position, I think will help me along the way (as their sheriff).”

His goals for the department, if elected, are simple: “Move into a new technology timeframe and further build our community relations. Because a law enforcement agency is nothing without the community's backing. I would like to see us working hand-in-hand with the community to ensure it's protection,” Dickson said.

He and his wife Hallie have a son, Cole, and the family resides in Jacksonville.

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