Meet John Sisson
John Sisson learned the importance of standing up for people when he was a teenager, protecting his mother and sister from an alcoholic father and helping them pay for groceries and rent by pumping gas and working at HEB as he attended Crockett High School.
John's commitment to protecting people like his mom and sister led him to a career in law enforcement. He served as a Travis County Sheriff's Department Corrections Officer before joining the Austin Police Department, where he served more than thirty years and was promoted up the ranks to Lieutenant. As an Austin Police Officer, John Sisson saved lives and earned numerous awards and commendations, including:
- 44 Commendations from Citizens
- Distinguished Service Cross with Valor
- The Superior Citation
- The 30 Years Honorable Conduct Medal
- One Hundred Club Award for Bravery and Valor
From his experience in law enforcement here in Travis County, John Sisson understands what is working at the Sheriff's Department -- and what isn't. He is running for Sheriff to protect everyday people, ensure families feel safe in their neighborhoods, and restore trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.
If elected, Sheriff John Sisson plans to:
Keep families together and rebuild trust between law enforcement and immigrant communities by ending the practice of honoring ICE detainers at the Travis County Jail.
Ensure families can visit their loved ones in jail by restoring in-person visitation.
Diversify the ranks in the Sheriff's Department so that our law enforcement community looks like the community it serves.
Build strong, collaborative relationships with Central Texas leaders, including the Travis County Commissioners Court and the cities of Pflugerville and Austin.
John became a Democrat more than a decade ago when, after coming out as a gay man, he realized that his values of inclusion and of looking out for everyday people were the values of the Democratic Party. John donates to Democratic candidates and causes, and he regularly attends Democratic club meetings. He is a member of North by Northwest Democrats and Liberal Austin Democrats, and he plans to bring his progressive values and leadership to the Travis County Sheriff's Office.
Today, John lives in Pflugerville with his husband Alex and his dogs Watson and Chance as he continues to protect and serve the community he loves as a Sergeant for Travis County Constable Precinct 1.