Captain John F. Crittenden Jr. was born on Shaw AFB, in Sumter, South Carolina. After graduating from Lowndes High School, Valdosta, Georgia in 1989, he joined the United States Army. After his stent in the military Captain Crittenden began his career with the Lowndes County Public Works Department in 2004 holding several positions within the department as well as working with Lowndes County Code Enforcement for a few years. In 2021 Captain Crittenden made a career change to Lowndes County Fire Rescue as a Fire Inspector/Investigator within the Lowndes County Fire Marshals Division. Captain Crittenden holds many professional certifications and awards as well as continuing his formal education in the fire service. Captain Crittenden has been employed with Lowndes County for 20 years as of March 2024.