Hughes seeks to bring community involvement

Apr. 17, 2014 @ 05:15 PM

Jamye Hughes is running for Granville County Sheriff on a platform of professionalism, equality and community.

“I have a passion for Granville County and its citizens, and I have a desire to have a sheriff’s office that serves the people of Granville County with professionalism, equality and community involvement,” he said.

Hughes is one of three in the Democratic primary. He is challenging incumbent Brindell Wilkins Jr. Ronald Smith Sr. is also running.

Hughes is not a native of Granville County, but he has lived in the county since 1978 when he came to work at Kayser-Roth, a textile plant that eventually closed.

When the plant shut down, he pursued a career in law enforcement and worked as a police officer for the Creedmoor Police Department.

He was then hired as a road deputy at the Granville County Sheriff’s Office and promoted to supervisor of the narcotics division.

Hughes retired after serving about 20 years in law enforcement.

Now, he wants to come out of retirement and bring change to the sheriff’s office.

If elected, Hughes said he will work to have the Granville County Sheriff’s Office accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.

He also wants to strengthen the link between the public and the sheriff’s office.

“I’ve been going around for the past seven or eight months, and people keep talking about the detachment between the sheriff’s office and the community,” he said. “We want to get this back in order, where the community has a voice in the sheriff’s office.”

Hughes also plans to create an ambassador program where deputies would go out into the communities that they serve and get involved with local groups, like the community watch, homeowners associations and schools.

“We also want to get involved with the veterans,” he said. “There are a lot of veterans that come from war that come into the communities. We would like to get someone from Veterans Affairs to train us to know what to look for when we are talking to these men and women.”

Two of Hughes’ four children are members of the armed services. One of his sons served in the Air Force and another served in the Marines.

During his time in law enforcement, Hughes said he has earned a reputation of being honest, fair and dedicated.

“I stand for change, community involvement, honesty, fairness and equal service throughout the community,” Hughes said. “It doesn’t matter what your socioeconomic status is; we want to be able to serve everybody.”

 

Contact the writer at smansur@hendersondispatch.com.