A new candidate for Cherokee County sheriff has announced his bid for the seat. Johnathan Rhodes, a 27-year law enforcement veteran, began his career with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office.
“During my career, I have served with the City of Rusk Police Department, Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, (an was an) international police officer stationed in Kandahar Afghanistan and a Task Force officer with the East Texas Violent Crime Squad, and I am currently serving as a narcotics investigator with the Rusk County Sheriff's Office,” Rhodes said.
He holds Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, Police Instructor and Master Peace Officer licenses. He is also a Lon Morris College graduate, from where he received an associate degree.
“During my tenure with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, I promoted through the ranks to the position of Chief Deputy, serving under the Honorable Sheriff James Campbell, where I was responsible for all divisions of the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office. If elected, I will be dedicated to the challenge of serving the citizens of Cherokee County. I will personally guarantee a Sheriff's Office that is faith-based, community oriented and dedicated to removing the criminal element from Cherokee County.
“As sheriff of Cherokee County, I will bring a level of experience, integrity, and dedication to protect and serve the citizens of Cherokee County. My philosophy is simple: Be responsive to the public needs, be tough on the criminal element and be accountable to the citizens of Cherokee County. With your support, you and your family will receive dedication and professional service from the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office that you, as a citizen of Cherokee County, deserve.
“I humbly request your support and vote in the March 2020 Republican Primary. May God bless you and your family,” Rhodes said.
Rhodes has been married to his wife Shelly for 26 years, and they have one son, Jake, 13. They reside in the Mount Hope Community, where they have lived for the past 19 years. They are members of the Dialville United Methdist Church, where Rhodes has attended since he was a child.
Rhodes, 48, said he has lived in Cherokee County for the past 43 years. He is the son of Lucille and the late Bill Rhodes of Rusk.
“All Rhodes lead to justice,” he said.