Local News

1/11/2012

Field shifts in sheriff's race

By LOUIE BROGDON

The Brunswick News

The playing field changed Tuesday in the race for the next sheriff of Glynn County.

Former Glynn County Police Chief Carl Alexander announced he would withdraw his bid to be the county's chief lawman at the start of 2013, and Undersheriff Ron Corbett announced that he was putting his name in the hat.

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.

"After lengthy discussions with my family, we have decided it is in our best interest to withdraw from the Glynn County Sheriff's race. This decision is not one which we have taken lightly. We believe that to continue my relationship with my employer is what's best for us," Alexander said in a prepared statement Tuesday.

Alexander, director of security for the Sea Island Co., said he appreciates the support he has received from his campaign committee and the community, but he had to do what was best for his family.

Corbett, who first came to Glynn County as a the jail administrator under former Sheriff Thomas "Slick" Jones, said Tuesday he can bring 32 years of law enforcement and administrative experience to the office.

"I've been with the sheriff's office for 22 years and came as jail administrator when it was a relatively new jail," Corbett said. "I have been very much a part of the jail operation, the issues concerning the new jail's location and I served as one of five special masters appointed by (U.S. District) Judge Lisa Godbey Wood," Corbett said.

Jump, retired commander of the Georgia State Patrol's Brunswick post, was the first to announce an interest in the position in June.

The former GSP commander has 37 years of law enforcement experience, and 16 of those years were spent in a supervisory position, he said Tuesday.

"I'm all in. I started and I'm going to finish," Jump said Tuesday.

Candidates qualifying as a Republican or Democrat will be listed on the July 31 primary ballots. The winner or winners will advance to the general election in November. Both Corbett and Jump said Tuesday they would run as Republicans.