SMITH COUNTY, TX - Smith County Chief Deputy Sheriff Bobby Garmon received the first ever key to the County today, in celebration of 30 years of work for the Smith County Sheriff's Department.
"He is the epitome of a giver," Sheriff J.B. Smith said as Garmon was presented the key during today's Commissioners Court meeting. "Chief Garmon is a leader and the kind of person you are privileged to work with."
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.
Sheriff Smith described his sense of humor and positive attitude as contagious. "He is constantly laughing and smiling."
Chief Garmon recently received the prestigious Texas Chief Deputies Association Melvin Drum Award for professionalism and dedication. 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.
"I'm just honored to have had the opportunity to work with everyone I've worked with at Smith County," Chief Garmon said.
Chief Garmon is a member of the Kiwanis' Club, a former president of the Tyler Jaycee's, and served three years on the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce. He is currently on the board of directors for Azleway Boy's Ranch, Ebenezer Day Care, United Way and the 9-11 District of Smith County.
For additional information regarding this Press Release, please contact Adrienne Graham, Smith County Public Relations Liaison at (903) 590-4607.