Voters in Carter County last week chose to make several changes in county government, including the election of a new sheriff – Jeff May.
May won the race with 1,327 more votes than incumbent Sheriff Casey Brammell. May captured 16 of 26 precincts and won the absentee by 40 votes.
The new sheriff is an East Carter High School graduate who served in the United States Navy.
He was hired by the Grayson Police Department in 2002 and graduated from police academy in 2003.
He told the Journal-Times that becoming sheriff has been his longtime goal.
“I saw a chance to become the sheriff and decided to run,” May said. “I feel like campaigning was a job interview and the people decided to put me in.”
May said he was happy to meet a lot of good people while out on the campaign trail and the feedback and suggestions he received helped him decide on his top priority.
“We need more deputies in order to cover the entire county,” May said. “Carter County is 412 square miles – and we are going to need more people in order to have the manpower to cover every road.”
May said his first step after taking office will be to sit down with the Fiscal Court members in order to make 24/7 coverage a reality.
“Historically, the sheriff's office has been a training ground. They hire people, train them, and then they go somewhere else,” May said. “Hopefully, we can make it fiscally comparable to other departments in the area so the deputies will stay with us longer and work together as a team.”
There currently are six sheriff deputies, one recently graduated from the police academy. Three additional deputies are currently enrolled.
May said he hopes voters will continue to come to him with their concerns and ideas.
“I hope to meet with every citizen because I want them to know who I am and what I stand for,” May said. “The job is not personal, its business and we have to keep it that way. We are in the business of keeping Carter County safe and making sure all its citizens, even the ones who have committed crimes, are treated with respect.”
May will take office on Monday, July 5.