Four Republicans candidates for Guilford County sheriff spoke at the monthly meeting of the Guilford County Republican Party on Monday, Nov. 8 at The Worship Place at 1807 Merritt Dr.
The GOP monthly meeting outgrew Guilford County Republican Party Headquarters on Friendly Avenue and had to find a larger venue. Over 100 Republicans gathered for the meeting Monday night which, according to David Gleeson, chair of the Guilford County Republican Party, is about average since they moved to a larger facility.
Since filing for the November 2022 election doesn’t open until noon on Friday, Dec. 6, there are no official Democrat or Republican candidates for office, but Republicans Billy Queen, Adam Moore, Phil Byrd and Randy Powers have announced their running to become the chief law enforcement officer of Guilford County and participated in a candidates forum at the Guilford County GOP meeting.
Each candidate was given five minutes for an opening statement and then they each answered the same five questions with a time limit of one minute each.
There was a bit of a snafu in the beginning when Powers was called first to give his opening statement and thought he had only one minute. However, after everyone else had spoken Powers was given an additional four minutes to finish his opening remarks.
Powers talked about his 50 years of experience in law enforcement including being the chief deputy for Sheriff BJ Barnes.
Moore said that his experience working for small town police departments and being involved in community policing set him apart from the other candidates.
Queen said his experience as a Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) special agent had allowed him to work with law enforcement agencies all across the US and given him the opportunity to see what worked and what didn’t work.
Byrd said that his 30 years working at the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department with 10 years as a commander had given him experience in all aspects of the department.
All four candidates agreed that one of the biggest problems with the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department, was Guilford County Sheriff Danny Rogers and that he needed to be replaced.
I think that Sheriff Rogers’ problem is the City & County council politics.
At least they all agreed on one thing: ROGERS NEEDS TO BE REPLACED!!!!!! I put him in the same basket as Biden and his squad. We need to replace them all.
Rogers replaced and not a minute too soon
What exactly has Danny done wrong or not done at all since being elected?
Someone who worked somewhere for 50 years and wants to come back is a red flag.
When Rogers got into office, he exercised his new power went out and bought some new cars. The thing is, he didn’t have the authority to do that but it put the City on the hook for the costs which were supposed to be put out for bid to get the lowest costs. He was “scolded” and eventually things got settled, but it shows he has no clue about managing a large department.
Thats funny but also entirely false. Do your homework.
So, basically you are saying that two washed up has-beens, and a young squirt with no experience are wanting to run against Phil Byrd, the obvious choice. Powers needs to understand that being Chief Deputy for Sheriff BJ Barnes does not by any stretch of the imagination make him a BJ Barnes. Frankly, 90% of the problems during Barnes last three terms were caused by Powers or one of his minions & left for Barnes to clean up. That is not a dig at Barnes. No offense to Mr. Queen, but working for a municipal and federal agency in no way prepares one for the responsibilities of a sheriff and it is a younger man’s profession. Young Mr. Moore has job hopped his entire career and has less than a decade of combined experience, with no expertise in any aspect of the job. That makes as much sense as appointing a third grader as president of a university.
Best of luck.
My question is what experience or expertise do you have in the field that would qualify your opinion over another? Because the above statement is mostly inarticulable opinion. What true facts do you have to say that any of the candidates experience is unqualified? Have you pulled their personnel files or training?
Just simply a base patrolmen with five years experience is an expert in all circumstances and situations. They carry many certifications and have hundreds if not thousands of hours of training through the state. Not to include their 2,076 base hours of experience every year because the average officer works 173 hours a month. That is not including their over time. Which is usually additional hundreds of hours a year. That is more than the average persons hands on experience in other fields.
I have over 20 years experience working alongside these people day in & day out and even at that wouldn’t even attempt to try and take on the task at hand. I’ve lived it, walked the walk, and thus have more than enough knowledge to talk the talk. It may be just an opinion, but it’s anchored by a whole lot of background knowledge on the subject. The filing period hasn’t opened yet, they’re may be another strong candidate or two in the mix before its all over with. Politics suck. That’s just how it is. There are always winners and losers in life, participation trophies just aren’t enough to get us there.
You are correct Sit. Participation trophies are not good enough, nor should they be given. But at the end of the day decisions must be made from facts and judgements for the best candidate should be based upon their abilities, skills, competence, training, and facts. So may the best candidate win and may we judge them with educated decision making processes.
Phil Byrd for Guilford County Sheriff in 2022.
Has Barnes come out in support of any of these folks yet? That will have a big influence on my vote.
That’s a great idea having someone else decide… If you let politicians who endorse other politicians influence your vote, you’re only doing their bidding. Behold, a Pale Horse!
Why not just do your own homework and talk to the candidates directly. They’re all begging for attention so they will all talk to you if you call them. Choose the one who’s best for you, not someone else’s opinion. Hell, you may find you’re better off with what you already have or another damn Democrat for that matter, it all depends on what you’re looking for.
Listening to others who have more base knowledge of a role and is someone you respect as having the done the job well in past is how you do your homework. Sorta like listening to scientists about vaccines, climate change, etc…. But you do you.
I just met Billy Queen and as a 17-year law enforcement officer and 2020 Clarke County GA Sheriff’s candidate, I’m impressed with his qualifications. He seems down to earth and has some great ideas for the Sheriff’s Office. With BJ Barnes supporting him also says a lot. He’s not supporting one of his own Commanders, you might want to find out why. So far, Billy has my vote.
BJ Barnes is supporting Billy Queen. Queen managed over 1200 Agents across the US. He has the knowledge to be CEO of the Sheriffs office.
What about William White? I thought he was running.
Like “The Marlboro Man”
Where’s “The LawnMower Man” …?