Lt. Sherrie Carruth is one of our most Senior Officers. She’s worked for the Odessa Police Department for almost 30 years! It is her loyalty to our community that keeps her here year after year. When you talk with her, you can quickly tell she has a passion for making a difference in the Basin.
She is a native West Texan, born and raised in Midland, graduating from Midland Lee High School.
Lt. Carruth began her career with OPD in August of 1992, graduating from the Permian Basin Law Enforcement Academy. During her tenure, she has served as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Hostage Negotiator, Sergeant with the Patrol Services Bureau, and Public Information Officer with the Chief’s Office. In October of 2017, She was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and currently, commands the Criminal Investigation Division.
Most importantly she says is her faith. She is a Christian and a very proud Aggie mom to son, Joshua Ryan, who graduated from Texas A&M University. Currently, he’s serving as a Naval Officer in the United States Navy.
When it comes to the African American Culture, Lt. Carruth said, “I’m proud of family ties, upbringing, fellowship, and cooking, handed down by my great grandparents and grandparents. I miss my grandmothers, they were literally the glue that held the families together.”
Lt. Carruth is one of the hardest working people. She’s also a wealth of information regarding the law enforcement world and is such a valuable asset to OPD. We are thankful for her loyalty to this department!