Saturday, March 23, 2019

Potter County FOP Lodge # 57

Potter County FOP Seal

Potter County FOP
Lodge #57
PO Box 2283
Amarillo, Texas 79105

Phone: 806-350-7907


2010 Executive Board

Position Name Email Address Location
President Rick Fernandes E-Mail Rick Office of Inspector General TDCJ
Immediate Past President/VP Robert Taylor E-Mail Robert Amarillo College PD
Secretary/Treasurer Charlie Johnson E-Mail Charlie Retired PCSO
Sargent at Arms Bobby Wilson E-Mail Bobby Retired PCSO
At Large Trustee Ella Whitley Retired PCSO
At Large Trustee Carleta Fernandes Retired PCSO



Executive Board Biographies
Robert Taylor- Lodge #57 President Robert Taylor- Immediate Past President and Current Vice President

Robert is a 34 year veteran of law enforcement having served as a sergeant at the Amarillo Police Department and the Potter County Sheriff's Department. After a years stint at the Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport, where he officially retired, he began work as a police officer for Amarillo College where he has been employed for nine years. Robert is a charter member. He was the first Lodge President having served from 1997 when the association joined the FOP until 2003 when he stepped down to run for Potter County Sheriff. He served as the immediate past president from 2003 – 2009 and was elected as local lodge president again in 2009. His past experience in the FOP has included Lodge State Trustee, State Guard, 4 years as the Texas FOP State Secretary and was the 2nd Vice President for one term at the Texas State Lodge. Robert is the past chairman of the Compliance Committee and sits on the current Committee for Hospitality for the State Lodge. He is very proud to be an active FOP member.

Rick Fernandes-  President                                       

Rick was the Vice-President in 2003 when the President stepped down and he became the President. Later the same year he was elected for his first term as President and remained as such thru October 2009. Rick is a retired Sergeant from the Potter County Sheriff Department having served over 20 years. He currently is employed as an investigator for the Office of the Inspector General and is attached to the Clements Unit of TDCJ in Amarillo. His duties take him to other Units of TDCJ in the Panhandle region. He and his wife, Carleta, look forward to his full retirement so he may utilize his fifth wheel he recently purchased. Rick enjoys attending conferences within the State of Texas and to the National conferences held throughout the United States. Rick was re-elected as President in October of 2017.

Steve Wells- Lodge #57 2nd Vice Presdient Steve Wells- In Memorial of:

Steve has over 25 years law enforcement experience having retired January 1, 2010 from the Potter County Sheriff Department. His sole career was accomplished at the sheriff’s office under 4 different sheriffs. He holds a Master Peace officer Certificate, Instructors Certificate and is an accomplished firearms instructor. Since retiring he is enjoying hunting and fishing and staying involved in the state and local FOP. During early 2011 he became board and started a second carreer as a Police Officer for Amarillo College resigning after a little more than a year to enjoy retirement again.Steve has served in the capacity of Guard, 2nd Vice President, Vice President and is currently serving as the 2nd Vice President again. Steve past away in April 2016.
Charlie Johnson- Lodge #57 Sergeant in Arms

Charlie Johnson- Secretary/Treasurer

Charlie Johnson has served the citizens of Potter and Randall County for over 36 years. He started his law enforcement carrier in 1976 with the Amarillo Police Department where he graduated from their 40th Police Academy. In 1984, Charlie went to work for the Potter County Sheriff Office. During the next 24 plus years, he served in many capacities culminating his carrier as the Assistant Jail Commander; he retired as a Lieutenant on July 31, 2008. He went to work for the Lake Tanglewood Police Department on August 01, 2008 as a patrol officer and on April 09, 2013 he was appointed Chief of Police.

Charlie holds a Master Peace Office License, Master Jailer License, and Instructor License with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE). In 2004, he graduated from the Leadership Command College (Class #48) of the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT) of the Sam Houston State University.

Charlie has been a member of the Potter County Law Enforcement Association since its conception. He was elected to the Sergeant of Arms position in 2009. Charlie is a member of the Potter County Deputy Dawgs Cook Team which assists in many charity events.

In early May of 1978, Charlie had the good fortune of meeting a wonderful lady and in August, he made the best decision in his life when he walked his bride down the aisle and said “I Do”. Judy and Charlie have been blessed by God with two daughters, and three grandkids.


Bobby Wilson- Sargent At Arms

Bobby is a 16 year veteran of the Potter County Sheriff Department and holds an Advanced Police Officer Certificate. He has worked as jailer. deputy and field corporal.  Bobby spent seven years in the U.S. Army and among his many achievements was being a weapons instructor and combat medic. He is a graduate of the 67th Panhandle Regional Law Enforcement Academy and is a certified EMT. He was elected as an at-large member of the Executive Board in 2009. He has been an FOP member since 1999 and is actively involved in the lodge’s building maintenance and construction improvements.

Ella Whitley- At Large Trustee

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Carleta Fernandes - At Large Trustee

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