The search for Randolph County’s next sheriff

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RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. -- Randolph County is looking for its next sheriff.

“I think it’s important we get that position filled,” said Darrell Fyre, chairman of the Randolph County Board of Commissioners. “So that everybody knows who is in charge and who to go to for direction.”

Commissioners will vote on a replacement for Sheriff Maynard Reid on Feb. 1.  Reid passed away last week after a battle with pneumonia.

Since Reid was a representative of the Republican Party, the name of a replacement candidate will be given to commissioners from the executive committee with the Randolph County Republican Party. The executive committee is made up of precinct officers, party officers and elected republican county officials.

Fyre said commissioners will most likely approve that candidate.

“Somebody’s got big shoes to fill,” Fyre said.

Fyre said if the county fails to act within 30 days of Reid's passing, the responsibility to appoint a replacement sheriff is passed over to the governor.

Until a replacement sheriff is appointed, Col. Ed Blair is serving as acting sheriff.