Sergeant to run for sheriff's position

Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Sgt. Barry Blackman announced his candidacy for the department’s top job.


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.

Luke Hegdal can be reached at or 526-8326.


leterbuck 1 year, 4 months ago

The UB is not telling the true story of Blackmans "demotion". He announced his retirement and was replaced, then changed his mind!


cropcircles 1 year, 4 months ago

Nope, it was Turner who lied or changed his mind (if you prefer a softer version of the truth). Read the whole story.


tinstar 1 year, 4 months ago

It should be a very interesting year for election of a new Sheriff!


mythoughts 12 months ago

Research the Sheriff candidates instead of listening to rumors and half truths. Here are some links to go to:

Link to the Sheriff Candidates Forum that was held in Touchet June 24, 2014.

Here are the links to the interviews done by the radio station KUJ. Just scroll down the page until you find each candidate (John Turner, Barry Blackman, Tom Cooper).


cropcircles 12 months ago

And then go to the websites and read the whole truth. Blackman published HIS personnel record. Still waiting to see Turners and Coopers


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