Two local lawmen -- and colleagues -- put their names in the hat to become the next Glynn County Sheriff, and they will face off July 31 during the Republican primaries.
Corbett has served as Bennett's second in charge since 1989, when he became the jail administrator and later undersheriff.
Jump has been the major of deputy operations at the sheriff's office since 2008, after he spent 30 years with the Georgia State Patrol, where he retired as the Brunswick post commander.
Whoever gets the job will be responsible for bringing the new $28 million, 616-bed Glynn County Detention Center into operation. Construction on the jail is slated to begin soon, and is expected to take 18 months.
Corbett and Jump are the only two candidates for the post, but an independent could announce after the primaries. There are no Democratic candidates for sheriff.
Ronald W. Corbett
In Glynn County: 23 years
Occupation: Glynn County undersheriff
Relationship status: Married, eight children
Between running daily operations at the Glynn County Detention Center and designing a new jail, Undersheriff Ron Corbett says he's finally found the time to jump-start his campaign for sheriff.
Corbett announced he would enter the sheriff race in January, but he said finding time to campaign is tough.
The office of sheriff will be one of about a dozen local offices on the July primary and November general election ballots this year. Corbett's boss, Sheriff Wayne Bennett, is not running for another four-year term.
"It is an extremely busy time for us, predominately for me since Sheriff Bennett asked me to help design the new facility," Corbett said.
Corbett has been working closely with IPG Architects, the architect for the $27.4 million, 616-bed facility to be built next to the county public works site on U.S. 341, and he said plans are going well.
The playing field changed Tuesday in the race for the next sheriff of Glynn County.
The only other person to announce for the office is Glynn County Sheriff Deputy Maj. Neal Jump.
Sheriff Wayne Bennett announced in 2011 that he will not seek reelection and is now in the last year of his last four-year term.
Candidates won't begin to officially qualify for sheriff and other local, state and federal offices that will be on the July primary ballots until May 23.
Alexander said he decided against running after talking with his family.
Neal Jump doesn't need a year to decide whether he will be a candidate for the office of Glynn County sheriff.
Sheriff Wayne Bennett announced in April that he will not seek a sixth four-year term of office.
Jump is hoping to fill the spot.
"I've always had aspirations of running for sheriff," said Jump, who now works for Bennett. "I've always respected Sheriff Bennett, and I would never have run against him, but now that he's announced he's retiring, I'm going to run."
After spending more than 30 years with the Georgia State Patrol and retiring as commander of the Brunswick post in May 2008, Jump immediately went to work for the Glynn County Sheriff's Office, where he is major of operations.