East Texas deputy receives honor

Sheriff J.B. Smith and Chief Deputy Bobby Garmon
Sheriff J.B. Smith and Chief Deputy Bobby Garmon

Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

Released by Adrienne Graham with the Smith County Commissioners Court:

SMITH COUNTY - Smith County Chief Deputy Sheriff Bobby Garmon received the prestigious Texas Chief Deputies Association Melvin Drum Award for professionalism and dedication throughout a long and distinguished career in law enforcement last week.

"Chief Garmon leads by example and is a builder of relationships," Kirk McMurrey, a panelist on the award committee said. "He is a hands-on problem solver and has been instrumental in leading his Sheriff's Office in a professional and progressive direction."

Chief Garmon began his law enforcement career as a patrol deputy in 1980 and quickly moved up the ranks of Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain and Major before becoming Chief Deputy in 2002. He currently oversees a staff of 355 personnel.

"It is an honor to receive this award from my fellow Chief Deputies," Chief Garmon said.

He is the past president of the East Texas Peace Officers Association and the Texas Chief Deputies Association and was honored as the 1995 outstanding Young Tylerite in Law Enforcement. Chief Garmon organized the county-wide Junior Deputy program in area schools and volunteers in local school reading programs.

"Chief Garmon is a leader by example," Sheriff J.B. Smith said. "It is evident in all the ways he reaches out to the community and especially to the youth of our County."

Chief Garmon is a member of the Kiwanis' Club, a former president of the Tyler Jaycee's, served three years on the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce, and is a past board member of the United Way. He is currently on the board of directors for Azleway Boy's Ranch, Ebenezer Day Care and the 9-11 District of Smith County.