In movies about the Old West, people say all the time, “This town ain’t big enough for the two of us.”
However, when it comes to the Guilford County sheriff’s race, some Republican candidates, if they win, would be happy to share the limelight of being sheriff with a past occupant of that office.
Former Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes, a Republican, served in that job for nearly a quarter of a century before losing the 2018 election to current Sheriff Danny Rogers, a Democrat. Barnes didn’t throw his hat in the ring for the 2022 sheriff’s race. However, depending on how the election turns out, county residents might see a return to the department by the longtime Republican sheriff who, in the last four years, has published suspense novels and served as the mayor of Summerfield.
Ed Melvin, a Republican candidate for sheriff in the current election, said this week that he’d spoken with Barnes and said he told Barnes that, if elected, he would like the former sheriff to help put the department back on solid footing again.
“I told him I would like him to play a role in fixing things,” Melvin said.
Melvin added that Barnes said he’d be willing to do so.
When Rogers came into office, he fired about two dozen of Barnes’ deputies and changed many aspects of how the department was run.
Melvin, who was Roger’s chief deputy, objected to Roger’s mass firings – which Melvin called “completely unjustified.” He also objected to many other moves Rogers made.
Melvin and Rogers constantly butted heads until, after the firing of one very high-performing female officer in the jail – a firing that Melvin said was particularly appalling, cruel and unfair.
Barnes acknowledged that Melvin had asked for him to play a role in fixing the department and Barnes added that three other sheriff’s candidates on the Republican ticket had done the same: They had indicated that they would like Barnes to come back on board in some capacity to help get the Sheriff’s Department back on track.
Barnes said candidates Phil Byrd, Randy Powers and Billy Queen had asked for his help as well if elected.
Barnes said he thought very highly of those four and said he would be willing to help any of them should they win.
When asked about an endorsement, Barnes said that he would make an endorsement in the sheriff’s race only after the May 17 primary was decided.
Barnes said crime is up in the county and officer morale is down in the department after three-and-a-half years of Rogers’ rule, and the former sheriff added that he felt his long experience could help get the department running smoothly.
I hope BJ will help once the current wanna be sheriff clown is gone.
Barnes was and still is the clown . Some of you can’t get over or accept what True Justice is about. Now that the shoe is on the other foot…you want to cry wolf.
I think wanna be sheriff rogers has a brother from a different baby mama named James is this you
Wow, I wasn’t sure who to vote for … but your article helped and made it clear!! Danny Rogers! Barnes should be in the Sheriff’s department .. In it’s jail … Behind bars!
Would you care to expand on the reasons that BJ should be in jail I don’t remember him ever being charged with a crime or fired from any law enforcement agency unlike the current clown who thinks he’s a sheriff now.
This is disappointing news.
It’s easy to see where your loyalty is. Maybe YOU should be behind bars.
I like BJ have never had a reason to be behind bars. Sounds like you may be a bit bitter about spending some time in BJ’s big house. Maybe you should learn to behave. Go Mr. Melvin and BJ
Phil Byrd is my choice, but if not him, then Rogers is a winner too.
It will be Billy Queen vs. Therron Phipps in November.
Rogers v. Melvin, minus the BJ. Maybe some minor consulting. Many of us woukd take offense to much more than that. Melvin & Byrd together would be the dream team.
Melvin would probably quit that too.
Every election we hear, “crime is up in the county and moral is down.” We heard this many times prior to when Barnes was elected and after his loss. Not sure why Barnes should be in jail comment but would like to hear facts only. One should only have facts, not accusations.l
Look no further than one shot voting to answer the question why this county’s law enforcement is as sorry as it is.
The proof is in the pudding. GC needs knowledge, strength and power. Ed Melvin has decades of law enforcement under his belt and knows how to work money. Building a multi million dollar from ground up is strength and power. Seems like a passionate leader .
The right balance for the job is this guy.
How’d that ploy and scheme work out for ya’ …?
Lets’ get something straight here:
NC Troopers are glorified DMV workers with guns, they have lots of experience picking car parts off the roadway, sweeping up broken glass, and writing tickets for BS motor vehicle violations. As far as criminal work and or investigations they have no clue…!!!
Thank God this guy lost –
What are your speaking about Mrs Winston. Everyone seems so irritated and mean when it comes to voicing view points. Wow!
You sound like a zero. How insulting to talk against men who have served this country, state and county.
You can support who you choose but to talk against people who earned a living to protect citizens is pathetic. You must be a low life. Smh
Melvin didn’t win the primary and all we hear are crickets from both Melvin and Barnes….I thought the both wanted what’s best for Guilford County. All we hear are crickets…