Biography of John F Jarrett
Being born and raised in Phoenix,
Arizona, John F. Jarrett is a true Arizona
native who always had a great interest in electronics yet intended on being a pharmacist.
Somehow however, his interests changed and he began a career in law enforcement while attending Phoenix
Community College changing
majors and delving into Administration of Criminal Justice! In doing so, John
became involved in a security business ultimately becoming a self-employed
security supervisor for several property management companies. In the summer of
1974, he joined the Maricopa County Sheriff's Department as a Reserve Deputy
Sheriff while continuing his college studies. Attending a police academy on
weekends, working a security business in the nighttime and taking a full load
of college courses during the day was quite a feat!
January of 1975, John transferred
his credits, equal to an Associate of Arts Degree, to Northern
and pursued his Bachelor of Science Degree in Police Science and Administration.
While attending NAU, he worked for the Flagstaff Ambulance Company as an
Advanced Emergency Medical Technician II as well as for the Flagstaff Police
Department as a work study certified police officer and the Northern Arizona
University Office of Student Affairs as a Student Residence Hall Advisor. In
December of 1977, John became the Director of Security at Little America in Flagstaff,
Arizona, until March of 1979 when
it was time to be a policeman again. He then moved to the White Mountains of
Arizona and thinking that this area and move were just stepping stones, he has
stayed for more than thirty-five years! John worked his way up throught the ranks with
the City of Show Low Police Department where he ultimately attained the rank of Commander and acted as the department's
assistant chief of police. Here he helped to manage twenty-six sworn police
officers and a total staff of over thirty-seven personnel. This does not count
the numerous volunteers! He has also authored numerous grant requests through
which the department was awarded more than $1,000,000 in needed funding for
technology, equipment and manpower!
has attended numerous law enforcement specialty classes and several management
training schools. One management course was the "Arizona Law Enforcement
Leadership Institute." This was a very intense two hundred and forty hour
course presented by Arizona
John is also a graduate of the Dale Carnegie Course and was also a graduate assistant
for several Carnegie courses.
John's career in law enforcement he has been able to combine his many interests
and talents including computers, electronics and radio systems to management
and adult education and training. Through his self-study, work and education,
the Show Low Police Department became a leader and model for other agencies in
police technology. This includes; mobile radio data networking, digital
imaging, wide area network links, local area networks, custom application
programming, database programming; from small local databases to large client
server SQL databases, World Wide Web presence and more. John has also assisted
other police agencies with their computer and software needs through
consultation and custom software as well as providing services to several large
of others has been another interest of John's and in 1997,
he appeared on nationwide satellite television in a training series on
Community Oriented Policing and specifically, interpersonal communications.
John was a certified Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training (AzPOST) board police instructor and was a subject matter
expert in the aforementioned AzPOST satellite video
production. He has also been a
certified Community College Instructor in both Police Science and Computer
Technology. In 1997, he was appointed by AzPOST as
the Regional Training Facilitator for both the Navajo
County and Apache
County regions. In being
so appointed, he facilitated and coordinated training requests for local and
regionalized training of police officers. In 1999, John narrated and
facilitated a panel of experts in a two-part AzPOST satellite
telecourse on "Suicide by COP" with a
nationwide broadcast in March and April of 2000. He later moderated a
two-part AzPOST satellite training course on 'Elder
Crime' along with many "Law and Legal
Update" telecourses. He was subsequently appointed the AzPOST telecourse narrator and
moderator for all telecourses and helped produce numerous video training programs until well after
his police retirement.
He is also self-taught in several computer
programming languages, analog and digital electronics and also holds an FCC
Technician-Plus amateur radio license, N7MJJ. He has written and copyrighted
several computer programs and programmer libraries along with a self published
small book titled, The Expandable Sinclair
ZX-80/81. This was a book of electronic projects for a small Zilog
Z-80 based computer system and was published in 1981.
The book held good reviews and sold well. John was asked to write an article called, "The PC
Game Port," which was included as chapter 16 in a book titled, MS-DOS System
Programming, Third Edition, published by R&D Communications. This chapter
deals with the PC game port and how to program it in several programming languages
including assembler. He also wrote numerous articles in the 1980's for
Computer Trader Magazine on "Cops and Computers," as well as several
other periodicals. Since 1980 John has had a small business that he called "Computer
Engineering Services." Custom hardware and software to solve system
problems has also been an accomplishment. The name of his business was later
changed to Jarrett Consulting, Information Technology Services and Systems
(JCITS Systems) LLC.
retired from the Show Low Police Department in October 2001 after 23 years of
honorable service to the City of Show Low. In 2002, he was hired as the
Management Informations System Director for the
White Mountain Apache Tribe at the Hon-Dah Resort and Casino in Pinetop, Arizona. As the MIS Director for Hon-Dah, John
wrote a lot of code and many custom programs for large SQL databases including the entire
Personnel Management System for Hon-Dah. John took a leave of absence
from Hon-Dah in March of 2003 and returned to the City of
Show Low as the Interim Chief of Police. In 2013, he retired from the Hon-Dah Resort and Casino and he
also retired his first business, JCITS Systems, LLC. In more recent years, he started Mankind! Sauces, LLC, as a future opportunity, and Jarrett Properties and Investment, LLC for
several residential and rental properties that he owns.
has been married to Betty since 1980 and they are still together after more than 35 years! She
retired in 2013 as a second grade teacher from Blue
Ridge Elementary School
in Pinetop after 29 years! They have two adult sons, Matthew and Benjamin. All of the
Jarretts are certified PADI scuba divers with John
holding Advanced and Nitrox Certifications. His other interests lie in luthiery, (guitar building), electronics, travel, carpentry and most anything
challenging and outside of the ordinary!
the Jarrett's Photo Gallery!
...and "Mankind! Sauces"