John Turner announced Wednesday he plans to seek re-election for sheriff of Walla Walla County.
Turner, a Republican, has been Walla Walla’s sheriff since 2011.
He spent 16 years with the Los Angeles Police Department and worked as a contract special investigator for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security before running for sheriff.
“I feel blessed every day as the elected Sheriff of Walla Walla County and I appreciate our community’s on-going support for strong and consistent law enforcement,” Turner said in a news release. “I am proud of the Sheriff Office’s accomplishments in the last three years, and would very much like to continue elected service to our community.”
Turner grew up in Walla Walla and his family has been in the area for more than 120 years.
In 2008, Turner was recruited by the U.S. Department of Defense as a counterterrorism investigator and was embedded with the Army in Iraq.
During his term as sheriff, Turner has helped secure 24-hour patrol across the county, develop a K-9 program and create a strategy to address gangs, according to the Committee to Re-elect Sheriff John Turner.
In 2011, Walla Walla County commissioners had to agree on a fix for overruns in the sheriff’s office budget.
The auditor, Karen Martin, said it was the first time in her 14 years as auditor that overspending in an elected officials budget had happened. At the time, Martin called the overspending “disturbing.”
Turner was recently nominated for National Sheriff of the Year and was awarded a medal of merit by the National Sheriff’s Association.