Incumbent Sheriff Ricky Oliver claimed a substantial victory over his opponents in the Republican primary race for Yadkin County sheriff Tuesday.
Oliver received 4,306 total votes. Opponent Eric Ball came in with 1,643 votes and Donnie Talley with 605 votes. Despite being disqualified to run due to a prior felony conviction, Gary Willard did receive 46 votes.
In a prior interview, Oliver said, “Yadkin County is my home and I care deeply about its future. I believe the citizens of this county are entitled to professional law enforcement services. For the last 36 years of my life I have prepared myself for the responsibility and challenges of this office through my work experience and educational background.
“During the last three years, we at the sheriff’s office have come together as a team to meet the challenges of modern day law enforcement. I feel that we have accomplished a great deal, but there is more work to be done. I want to continue our progress in building a professional law enforcement agency that the citizens of this county can be proud of.”
Oliver is a graduate of Starmount High school with a degree in police science from Surry Community College and bachelor’s degree from Gardner-Webb College. He also has more than 3,000 hours of in-service training and holds an advanced Law Enforcement Certificate.
He was unable to be reached late Tuesday night following results being posted.
Kitsey E. Burns can be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.