Russell Barker will run as GOP candidate for sheriff

Russell Barker stands with his wife of 17 years, Crystal (right), and daughter, Ansley, while making his announcement to run for Anderson County Sheriff.
Russell Barker, Director of Anderson County’s 7th Judicial Crime Task Force, announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for Anderson County Sheriff in front of a standing room only crowd at the Holiday Inn Express in Clinton, April 27.

With his wife of 17 years, Crystal, and daughter, Ansley, by his side, Barker shared that a call to serve brought him to this point.

“My mother was a nurse at the health department and I watched her work day and night. I saw the impact she made in her community,” he said.

At the age of seven, after his father’s passing, he said it was Anderson Countians who stepped up and bridged the gap. “It is my turn to give back to a community that has given so much to me.”

Barker, a lifelong Anderson County resident, has exemplified a strong commitment of service to his country and community throughout his professional career.

After serving in the United States Marine Corps Reserves, Barker began serving his community as a police officer where he is now entering his 17th year.

As a veteran law enforcement official, Barker has climbed the ranks serving in roles such as a patrolman, community education officer, detective, and a detective sergeant in the Criminal Investigations Division with the Clinton Police Department, where he was named Officer of the Year in 2006.

In 2011, Barker was assigned to the 7th Judicial Crime Task Force of Anderson County where he served as an agent investigating and prosecuting narcotics trafficking in Anderson County.

In 2012, Barker was named the Task Force’s “Agent of the Year.”

Recognized for his efforts and leadership, Barker was appointed in 2014 to serve as the Director of the Task Force where he still serves today.

“I am running for sheriff because our citizens deserve someone who not only understands the problems we face in our communities, but has solutions to fix them. As your sheriff, I will bring innovative solutions and new ideas to old problems facing our county” Barker stated.

Barker has a background in law enforcement which he credits to his success.

In addition to holding a degree in Criminal Justice, Barker is a Certified Domestic Violence Instructor, Certified Field Training Officer, Certified D.A.R.E Officer, and a Certified Gang Investigator. He has obtained educational training and certification from the following agencies:

• University of Tennessee’s National Forensic Academy;

• FBI’s Tennessee Law Enforcement Executive Development session;

• Command level training through the University of Louisville’s Southern Police Institute and;

• Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy.

In 2016, Barker graduated from the Southeastern Leadership Academy where he was recognized as a leader in law enforcement across the state with being presented the Law Enforcement Leadership Innovation Award.

Barker concluded, “I have a strong desire and commitment to serve the citizens of Anderson County. My top priority as Sheriff is your safety first. We will work every day to protect you, your family, and your community.”