WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Barry Blackman will run for Sheriff this year, according to a press release from his campaign committee.
Blackman becomes the second candidate within the department’s ranks to announce his intention to run for office.
Sheriff John Turner could not be reached for comment this morning on whether he plans to run for a second four-year term.
Blackman’s election website touts his experience and focus on personal and fiscal responsibility as key components of his bid for sheriff.
Blackman began working for the Sheriff’s Office in 1982 after retiring from the Marine Corps. He was hired as a custodial officer at the Walla Walla County Jail, where he worked for five years.
He then began working as a patrol deputy and worked his way up the ranks, and eventually was promoted by Sheriff John Turner to chief operations deputy in 2011 after Turner took office.
Blackman had been an ardent Turner supporter during the 2010 election and served as the chief operations deputy until May 2013, when Turner decided to appoint John King to that position.
Blackman wrote a letter to Turner, objecting to the decision to demote him back to patrol sergeant, and then forwarded the letter to the Board of County Commissioners in February, 2013. The commissioners noted that, as an appointed position, the Sheriff can make personnel changes at will.
Blackman could not be reached for comment this morning.
The other challenger for sheriff, Sgt. Tom Cooper, announced his candidacy in 2013 after Turner removed him from “light duty” status following a knee injury.
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