WLOX Editorial: Jackson County choose your next sheriff carefully

We edged closer this week to closing a bad chapter in the book of the Jackson County Sheriff's office. Now that Sheriff Mike Byrd's guilty plea to a felony charge is entered and he is exiting the office, Jackson County Law enforcement can move forward.

But the dark cloud hanging over the Jackson County Sheriff's office will not be easily erased. The new sheriff will have to earn the trust of the people for the sheriff and deputies.

There will be an appointed interim sheriff, but when the people of Jackson County elect a new sheriff, we urge you to look closely at each candidate's reputation and choose someone you feel will not betray the confidence you express with your vote.

That's our opinion, we would like to hear yours. Email your thoughts to editorials@wlox.com.

Rick Williams
WLOX-TV General Manager

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