Sheriff makes it official

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By Tom Wilmoth

    In front of a room packed with supporters, Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown officially announced his plans Friday to run for a fifth and final term as sheriff.

    “I believe I have the best personnel any sheriff can have,” Brown said. “You couldn’t find a better group of men or women.”
    And he pointed to the actions of Deputy Allison Key as an example.  Brown  noted Key’s efforts, during last week’s shooting and police standoff on Haven Heights Drive, to protect the two shooting victims. “She put her life on the line,” Brown said as Key, who was standing in the room, received applause from the others gathered. “I’ve got 83 others just like her.”
    Brown also said he was proud of the volunteers who serve through a variety of programs and ultimately, through that service, “save the county thousands of dollars each year.”
    “I am very proud to have served,” Brown said of his almost 16 years as sheriff. “Hopefully the citizens of Bedford County will give me another four years.”
    Brown has announced that, if elected, this would be his final term.
    Del. Scott Garrett introduced Brown and touted a number of his achievements, including setting up the Internet Crimes Against Children task force, the school resource officer program and his crack down on illegal drug use and drunk driving in the county.
    “Bedford is known as a leader nationally for protecting our nation’s most precious assets—our children,” Garrett stated when talking about the ICAC program. He also noted the department’s success in securing federal funding and grants since Brown has been in office.
    Garrett added that Brown believes in family, faith and “our fundamental freedoms.”
    Bedford Del. Lacey Putney was also on hand for the announcement, introducing Garrett.
    Brown has served as sheriff since 1996. Prior to that his experience included serving as a special agent with the US Treasury Department, a police consultant with the US Department of Justice, a staff support specialist with the Central Intelligence Agency and a tactical officer with the Metropolitan Police Department. He also served in the US Army military police corps.
    Charles D. Green has also filed to run for sheriff.