Clinton, TN- Russell Barker has announced he is seeking re-election for Sheriff of Anderson County in the 2022 election. Barker, a republican, was elected Sheriff in 2018 after serving as the Director of the 7th Judicial Crime Task Force.

Citing major accomplishments during his first term, Sheriff Barker says he has fulfilled the 2018 campaign promises of increasing the number of school resource officers, dedicating personnel to keep our seniors safe, and implementing intelligence led policing. “I am very proud of what we have accomplished this first term. I attribute the success we’ve had to the brave men and women I serve with every day. Together we are making a great impact in Anderson County” Barker stated.

Here are just a few of the accomplishments cited by Sheriff Barker:
• Worked with the Anderson County Schools and County Commission to increase the number of School Resource Officer’s from 9 to 15
• Assigned a detective to work with the District Attorney’s Office to work and solve elder abuse cases and placed a Sheriff’s Office member on the Vulnerable Adult Protective Investigative Team (VAPIT) with Adult Protective Services
• Increased number of deputies patrolling our neighborhoods
• Reallocated funds to purchase cutting edge technology for crime mapping and revamping the Crime Analysis unit
• Reallocated funds to purchase live, real-time technology that has increased crime solvability and arrests – especially for major crimes.
• Enhanced safety and security at the Detention Facility by replacing old, unrepairable equipment with new technology

Recognized for his leadership, service, and ability to connect with people, Sheriff Barker was appointed to serve on the Tennessee Sheriff’s Associations (TSA) legislative committee. This committee works closely with the state legislative body on legislation that impacts law enforcement officers across the state.
In 2021, Sheriff Barker was recognized by the non-profit organization, Operation Angel Wing (OPAW), as First Responder of the Year. OPAW stated Sheriff Barker is an example of a true community leader keeping his men and women of service not only safe, but mentally and emotionally well.

Sheriff Barker looks forward to the campaign and four more years in office. “Serving as the Sheriff of Anderson County is the greatest honor of my professional career. Anderson County is a special place with great people who make it very easy to work day in and day out to make it the best place to live, work, and raise a family. With your support we can continue moving Anderson County forward” Barker concluded.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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