As anyone who follows the local news at all knows, incumbent Guilford County Sheriff Danny Rogers was elected on Tuesday, Nov. 8 to serve another four years in that office.
However, many people might not realize just how much voters in the state like to keep the sheriff they know.
Post-election stats released from the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association show that Rogers is far from alone in that regard. Voters in over three-quarters of the state’s 100 counties kept the sheriff they had – and, of the counties that elected new sheriffs, many didn’t have the choice of keeping the same one because the current sheriff didn’t run again.
According to information sent out by the Association, 76 incumbent sheriffs were re-elected this week – including those sheriffs elected four years ago and any who were appointed mid-term prior to the 2022 General Election.
In other details provided by the Sheriff’s Association election recap, 17 sheriffs-to-be won a seat where the incumbent sheriff wasn’t running for reelection.
According to the information, in North Carolina, only five sheriff candidates defeated incumbents. Three of those defeats came in the Primary Election in May, while two came in the 2022 General Election on November 8.
Also, in North Carolina, there was one unaffiliated sheriff candidate who won in this election.
Another note of interest is that 11 sheriffs were appointed mid-term and won this time around – that is, in their first election.
Eddie Caldwell, the Association’s executive vice president and general counsel sent out a statement of congratulations to the winners.
“The North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association congratulates all re-elected incumbent sheriffs and sheriffs-elect on their election success,” he stated. “The Association looks forward to working with these sheriffs to enhance the Office of Sheriff and increase public safety for all North Carolina citizens.”
The Sheriff’s Association promotes legislative initiatives that aid Sheriff’s Departments in the state, and the Association also provides education and training for sheriffs in an attempt to help improve law enforcement across the state.
Are all 76 reelected sheriffs like the clown Guilford County has?
There should be limitation on number of years served. Not just sheriff, but all government officials. Just like uninvited company, they wear out their welcome.
Some might be surprised to see me say this, but I love the county Sheriff’s guys (& gals). I have had very little interaction with law enforcement, but whenever I’ve been pulled over by Sheriff’s deputies they have been polite, respectful, professional and considerate. It’s probably because their boss is elected, not appointed.
The only time I’ve been let off a speeding ticket was by a Rockingham County deputy.
At the other end of the extreme are the perfect assh*les of the NC Highway Patrol. I had owned my Camaro for 5 days, was “enjoying” it a little too much, and a Trooper clocked me at 67 in a 45. 64 in a 45 is much less serious, and I was as respectful & polite as possible. I had 30 day tags on it, apologised profusely, and stated (correctly) that I was still getting used to the performance of the car. I figured he’d take 3mph off. Nope! The jerk wrote me up for the entire 67mph.
Most cops are like that – but not the Sheriff’s guys, generally.
Well regardless of whom is elected one thing I can say is thank your lucky stars it wasn’t that faker, BS artist Melvin. Guy had no qualifications to run anything but his mouth which he does regularly. Not to mention that he may have a questionable personality disorder very angry person when he doesn’t get his way. Being a highway patrol person qualifies you for maybe a Walmart greeter position, that’s about it.