Brent Johnson, lead detective, announces candidacy for San Juan County sheriff | Election 2010

Brent Johnson ... lead detective is running for San Juan County sheriff. - Jane K. Fox
Brent Johnson ... lead detective is running for San Juan County sheriff.
— image credit: Jane K. Fox

Lead Detective Brent Johnson announced his candidacy Thursday for San Juan County sheriff.

His announcement came two days after Sheriff Bill Cumming announced he will not seek a seventh term in November.

Johnson, 55, lives in the North Forty neighborhood of San Juan Island with his wife, Lynne-Anne, and daughter, Lenora. He has lived in the San Juans since Cumming hired him as lead detective nearly eight years ago.

"With over 35 years of experience in law enforcement, 13 of which in supervisory positions, and a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, I look forward to taking the next step in serving our community as sheriff," Johnson said in a campaign announcement.

Johnson is a graduate of Wayland Baptist University. He is chairman of the Veterans Advisory Board of San Juan County, co-coordinator of the San Juan County Firewise program, member of the board of Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Services, and a volunteer firefighter and Red Cross volunteer.

"I have always believed in the importance of law enforcement being involved in the needs of the community," he said.

He added, "It has been my experience that the needs of our small community are no different than those of the large communities I have served over the years. We all wish to be safe and secure and my goal is to make this happen. With more meaningful and intense training of our deputies and the acquisition of much-needed equipment, I believe this can be accomplished. In today's climate of ever-increasing crime, I also believe that staff increases to provide 24-hour law enforcement coverage have become necessary. The further development of relationships with outside state and federal agencies that can provide additional resources at no cost to our county is paramount."

Johnson said he will soon have a campaign e-mail address and campaign cellphone number.

As sheriff, Cumming earns $97,514 a year. He manages a staff of 36 full-time employees and a budget of $2.3 million: $719,219, dispatch; $472,888, Enhanced E-911; $398,920, jail; and $209,615, Emergency Management.

Primary election is Aug. 17; general election is Nov. 2
The primary election is Aug. 17, the general election is Nov. 2. The top two vote-getters in the primary advance to the general election.

Islanders will vote on 14 legislative and local positions this year: County assessor, auditor, clerk, prosecutor, sheriff, treasurer; County Council District 2, District 5, and District 6; District Court judge, Superior Court judge; U.S. House of Representatives 2nd District, 40th District state House Position 1, and 40th District state House Position 2.

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