PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Mike Ezell will be Jackson County's next sheriff. Ezell won tonight's runoff, getting 64% of the vote. According to the election commission, Ezell received 8,459 votes Tuesday. McIlrath got 4,754 votes.
Ezell will complete the last year of Mike Byrd's term. Byrd lost his job after pleading guilty to both a federal and a state witness tampering charge.
Charles Britt served as interim sheriff and initially said he would run for the office. But, he ended his campaign shortly after it started because of a controversy that surfaced regarding an employee he hired and then fired.
Ezell and Scott McIlrath were the top two finishers in the November 4 general election. But in a six candidate field, neither man could get the 50% support he needed that night to avoid a runoff. So, each man campaigned again for three more weeks, trying to convince Jackson County voters to support his team.