Former Sherman Police Chief Tom Watt is asking voters to choose him in November to serve on the Sherman City Council in District 3.

Former Sherman Police Chief Tom Watt is asking voters to choose him in November to serve on the Sherman City Council in District 3.


Watt is running to replace Deputy Mayor Pamela Howeth, who has reached her term limit to serve as a City Council member and is not eligible for re-election.


Watt, a lifelong Sherman resident, said he was "a child when my father was stationed at Perrin Air Force Base." Watt attended high school in Sherman. The veteran police officer said, "After graduating high school, I joined the United States Army. When I was discharged from the Army in 1979, I returned to my hometown of Sherman." Watt received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. He and his wife Debbie have been married for 31 years and have two grown children, a son John, and a daughter, Sara. The Watts have four grandchildren.


Watt served as a police officer with the Sherman Police Department for 31 years, the last eight years as chief of police. When asked about his qualifications to serve on the City Council, Watt said, "In addition to the legal qualifications as listed in the city’s charter, I have a strong working knowledge of the governing and budget processes in the city. My responsibilities as chief of police involved many processes which I feel will be an asset to me as a city councilman. I also have good working relationships with the management team for the city of Sherman. In addition, I believe that my background in law enforcement and emergency management policies and practices would be an asset to the Sherman City Council."