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Pinkston finds his calling in law enforcement

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By Jesse Osbourne


There’s a new sheriff’s deputy in town.
Jerry Pinkston recently hit the streets of Washington County as a new deputy.

Pinkston is a new officer, but law enforcement is something he has always wanted to do.
“I had interest in law enforcement when I was in high school, I just never had a good opportunity to do it,” he said.
Pinkston provided court security at the judicial center before he was offered a job by sheriff Tommy Bartley.
In his spare time, he also farms and runs a repair shop in East Texas.
Pinkston spent 18 weeks at the department of criminal justice in Richmond to prepare for his new job.
He started doing ride-alongs with other deputies in June.
Right now his shift is from 8 p.m. until 4 a.m., but he said that would likely change eventually.
Pinkston said he’s really enjoyed the job.
“I like it, I like talking to the people,” he said. “I know a lot of people in the county, especially in the Mackville and Willisburg area. I think it’s going to suit me well.”
He said his people skills help him in the new endeavor.
“I get along with people,” he said. “I don’t meet strangers. I give everybody a fair chance.”
He said justice is really what has drawn him to law enforcement.
“I just hate to see people do wrong and just get away with it,” he said. “That’s pretty much what drew me into it.”
Pinkston has been married for 29 years to Patty Pinkston.
He has three sons, one of which is taking criminal justice classes at St. Catharine College in hopes of someday becoming a state police officer.