James Bookhout, District 4 Council Member, was sworn in May 15, 2018 and has lived in Garland for 35 years. Mr. Bookhout has had a long and distinguished career of more than 44 years in law enforcement. He retired as Chief Deputy from Dallas County Precinct 2 Constable in Garland. He is a Master Peace Officer, firearms instructor and has taught in area law enforcement academies, including Garland’s, training hundreds of police recruits along with in-service training of officers. His service to Garland includes having served on the Building and Fire Board, the Board of Adjustment since 2010 and the Interstate 30 Corridor Catalyst Area Committee.
During his career with Dallas County, Mr. Bookhout is a three-time recipient of the Officer of the Year award in 1987, 1994, and 2000. He was awarded Deputy of the Year in 2005 by the Dallas County J.P. and Constables Association. He has been recognized by Garland Masonic Lodge #441 for distinguished service as the “Together Against Drug Abuse Coordinator”. He received the prestigious Professional Achievement Award presented by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement and Governor Rick Perry for founding the Texas Peace Officer Flag Fund and currently serves as Chairman of the fund. He serves as President of the Exchange Club of Dallas County, is President of the Dallas County Pioneers Association and enjoys fishing at Ferndale Club Lake in East Texas of which he is a member.
Councilman Bookhout is interested in bringing economic redevelopment to south Garland, including the I-30 corridor, rebuilding declining infrastructure in addition to streets, working towards a greener Garland, and involving more citizens in their community.