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Official campaigns for sheriff

2/23/2012

By LOUIE BROGDON
The Brunswick News

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.

"I just was able to get signs out this Saturday," Corbett said. "I've been talking to lots of folks in the community, business leaders, political leaders and I'm trying to talk to some of the civic groups."

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.

After moving from Utah in 1989, Corbett became the administrator of the Glynn County Detention Center under Sheriff Thomas "Slick" Jones. He has spent 23 of his 32 years in law enforcement at the Glynn County jail.

During his law enforcement career, Corbett has earned a Master of Public Administration degree and attended the Federal Bureau of Investigation Academy.

As undersheriff, Corbett said he has established good working relationships with the courts, district attorney's office and other law enforcement agencies. These working relationships have helped bring the jail population down, he said.

"We arrested just as many people in 2010 as we did in 2011, and we've housed 30 inmates fewer per day," Corbett said.

Neal Jump, a deputy major at the sheriff's office, is also running for the position.

Candidates will officially qualify for sheriff and other local, state and federal offices beginning May 23.

The party Republican and Democratic primaries will be July 31, followed by the general election Nov. 6.

Both Corbett and Jump said Tuesday they will run as Republicans.

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