Meet John Sisson
As a teenager, John Sisson protected his mother and sister from an alcoholic father and helped the family make ends meet by pumping gas and bagging groceries at HEB. John's early experiences in protecting others 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 30 years and was promoted to Lieutenant.
As an Austin Police Officer, John Sisson saved lives and earned numerous awards and commendations, including:
- 44 Citizen Commendations
- 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.
John became a Democrat more than a decade ago when, after coming out as a gay man, he realized that the values of inclusion and acceptance were the values he shared with the Democratic Party. John is an active member of North by Northwest Democrats and Liberal Austin Democrats, and a donor to Democratic candidates and progressive causes. He will bring 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.