John Wyatt announces his candidacy for sheriff of Bryan County.
He is married to Shelia Wyatt and they have seven children and 14 grandchildren with one on the way.
“I believe that families are the most important things in our life,” Wyatt said. “I am a Christian conservative believing that families and faith are important and that we should be self reliant and not reliant upon a government or someone else to provide support for us.”
Raised in a military family, Wyatt has lived all over the United States, and has been part of this community for 35 years.
Upon Graduating high school, Wyatt joined the United States Navy where he served for six years with the last two helping to setup and run the First Naval afloat Brig under Navy management not Marine control. He received commendations for his work there and this is where he had opportunities to “catch a trap” and “be shot off a Flight deck” on the same ship where the Movie “Top Gun” was filmed.
When Wyatt came home to Durant, he worked at a family business until he was able to start his own business ventures. He started volunteering as a JAYCEE where they would raise funds by putting on haunted houses and other things raising money for wonderful causes. Wyatt has studied at Southeastern Oklahoma State University and on occasion will attend to further his goal of receiving an MBA. He still hopes to be able to keep a 4.0 average.
Wyatt was the chairman of the Durant Planning and Zoning Commission for 10 years and spent a lot of time with many people helping to make decisions for our communities growth and future and was a part of the decision making in planning for university place Road, the new bridge and expansion at First and Mulberry, traffic studies and helping to get many big industries here to provide jobs for the community. He helped with approving the Tax Increment Finance District (TIF) to attract businesses like Cardinal Glass and Big Lots Distribution.
“I have spent the last 30 years in many business ventures,” Wyatt said. “I have built and sold companies, I have purchased companies, and I currently own companies and have had to deal with economic difficulties. I have learned how to be fiscally responsible and work within a budget. I have had to deal with multi-million dollar payrolls and have the experience to manage people and money in an efficient way.”
Wyatt serves as a Volunteer Mission Pilot for the Auxiliary of the Air Force, The Civil Air Patrol, and trains and participates in search and rescues. He is the unit commander for the Durant Composite Squadron where they spend a lot of time with the young people of the community to help them learn skills that will help them succeed and excel in their life.
“Ever since my time in the military I have gained a love for law enforcement and in 1989, I joined the Durant Police Department Reserves and attended a Cleet Reserve Academy,: Wyatt said. “I have received many hours of continuing education and continue to advance my law enforcement training thru Cleet. I worked at the Murrah Bombing site and received the Governor’s Award for work there. I am currently a captain in the Durant Police Reserves and founder and Chairman of the Durant Shop With Cops Program that benefits those in our community that have experienced financial difficulties. We come together as a community and raise money to help our folks that need a little help. So far we have raised over $15,000.00 and 100% goes to these families in need.”
Wyatt’s goals are:
No new taxes for operation of the sheriff’s department.
A community minded sheriff’s department that remembers we are neighbors serving neighbors and will show up and try to solve crimes.
Ensuring that the Motto “To Protect and Serve” will be foremost on the minds of all deputies serving this county.
No free rides for prisoners. The county will have a prisoner work program. Cleaning roads, cutting grass etc. Wyatt will schedule prisoners to work all over the county on a scheduled basis.
Lists of issues :
Will shut down the meth labs! Probably half of the theft crimes relate back to these labs; so we can curb theft crimes as a result of shutting down meth labs.They can move out of Bryan County or move into Bryan County Jail.
Low pay; this takes a skilled communicator, business savvy leader that understands a conservative style of management and Wyatt will make changes in the sheriff’s office.