It’s with the greatest sadness that the City of Southlake announces the passing of Southlake Police Sergeant John Stokes. He died after a sudden medical event that was non-COVID-19 related.
Sgt. Stokes had a long career in law enforcement, starting with the Orange County California Sheriff’s department in 1986. In 1999, he began work with the Southlake Police Department, being promoted from officer to corporal to sergeant during his time with the department. Sgt. Stokes had most recently served as the School Resource Officer supervisor for Carroll ISD schools.
During his time with Southlake police, he was honored with five commendations and was named the Southlake Police Department 2018 Supervisor of the Year.
“John was a beloved member of our police family and will be sorely missed by his co-workers and the community,” said Police Chief James Brandon. “John had a long law enforcement career, but our School Resource Officer program’s leadership is a great example of the heart that he had for protecting others. We extend our condolences to the Stokes family and offer our prayers during this difficult time.”
“We are devastated to hear of John’s passing,” said Southlake City Manager Shana Yelverton. “His service to the City, the students of Carroll ISD, and to his Southlake family will never be forgotten. John was a family man, and our prayers are with them at this time.”
“Sgt. Stokes was a true servant leader to our community,” said Mayor Laura Hill. “What he gave to Southlake’s students can’t be measured; it’s a gift that will live on through them for years to come.”
“Sgt. Stokes was a beloved member of the Carroll ISD community. He worked tirelessly to keep our students and staff safe and secure each and every day,” said School Board President Michelle Moore. “We are all heartbroken to learn of his sudden passing. Our prayers are with his family, fellow SROs, and the Southlake Police Department.”
Funeral arrangements are pending.