December 5, 2015 By: Sandi Argo
With Christmas rapidly approaching, the upcoming county elections might be the last thing on some people’s minds. To those interested in the government, on a local level, they might want to keep an eye on the race for Sheriff. As of today, there are 3 hot contenders that have declared their intentions.
According to the www.jackcountygop.com the latest names in the running are: Current Sheriff, Melvin Mayo, along with contenders John Orr and Tom Spurlock (currently the Jack County Constable).
According to a post on the “Tom Spurlock for Jack County Constable” page
I have some news folks, effective yesterday, Friday, December 4, I have withdrawn from the Constable’s Race and filed to run for Sheriff of Jack County, Texas. I appreciate your support and faith in me and ask that you continue to support me and give me your vote for the Office of Sheriff on March 1 in the Republican Party Primary.
On November 20th, current Sheriff Melvin Mayo announced his intention to run via social media. In a post from “Re-Elect Melvin Mayo for Jack County Sheriff” the Sheriff stated
I would like to thank each person that has taken the time to view and share this page. As I move forward to seek a second term of office as your Sheriff of Jack County, I ask for your continued support. I believe my honesty, integrity, experience, and work ethic has been well demonstrated over the past 15 years while serving the fine citizens of Jack County. I take pride in our sheriff’s office and the employees who have dedicated themselves to the profession of law enforcement. However, it will be up to you to ensure this quality service continues so that we may strive to make and keep Jack County safe for you and your family. Thank you again for your vote and your continued support.
Joining in the race is John Orr, also a former law enforcement officer. From the facebook page “John Orr for Jack County Sheriff” the following statement was made on November 24th.
My name is John Orr and I retired from the Irving Police Department after 25 years of service. I worked a variety of assignments including time as a Detention Officer, Patrolman, Undercover Investigator, Field Training Officer, Patrol Sergeant, and a Criminal Investigator Sergeant.
As a Criminal Investigations Sergeant I supervised the Youth Investigations Unit, Auto Theft, General Assignments, and Assisted in Crimes against Persons Investigations. I created and supervised a specialized group of investigators whose purpose was to proactively identify and address crime trends including Robberies, Thefts, Assaults, and arresting fugitives.
During my career I have both investigated and supervised hundreds of investigations involving everything from thefts, to child predators, and murders. I specialized in on-line computer crimes, and auto theft investigations.
After retiring from the Irving Police Department, I went to work at the Young County Sheriff’s department where I spent my time learning the differences between working at a Police Department and a Sheriff’s Office. I have become a part of their Special Response Unit, and a Field Training Deputy and have instructed several classes as a Texas Commission On Law Enforcement Instructor.
I have a Master Peace Officers License. I have received over 40 commendations for outstanding police work. I earned the Life Saving award, Supervisor of the Year award, 2 Certificate of Merit awards along with several other awards. I have attended numerous training classes and am a graduate of the International Law Enforcement Academy leadership school.
With all 3 candidates having long time experience in law enforcement, the voters may find it hard to decide who to vote for. To help voters choose, the Jack County New Edition will be presenting the first Jack County Sheriff Candidate Debate, tentatively slated to be held in February. Each of the candidates will be invited to participate. Candidates will be asked a series of questions concerning the county. The time and place will be announced soon for this special event.
The deadline to declare is December 14th. With the steady stream of contenders that have declared, or said they were, the Sheriff race will be one to watch.