Sheriff

7/21/2012

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.

Glynn County Undersheriff Ron Corbett and Sheriff Deputy Maj. Neal Jump qualified for the race after Sheriff Wayne Bennett announced in 2011 he will not seek a sixth four-year term.

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.