Ayscue, Williams vie for Warren sheriff

Apr. 23, 2014 @ 10:33 PM

Two candidates are vying for the top law enforcement position in Warren County.

Greg Ayscue is running against incumbent Johnny Williams to be the county’s sheriff.

Ayscue grew up on the Warren Franklin county line.

He began his law enforcement career in 1997 with the Warren County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy and was promoted to sergeant a year later.

He has also been employed with the Louisburg City Police and Warrenton Police Department.

Ayscue unsuccessfully ran for sheriff against Williams in 2006 and 2010.

In 2010, Ayscue formed a special police station on Lake Gaston.

“I invested quite a large amount of my own money to get that started because people wanted to have police presence on lake,” he said.

He said the operation ended in 2013 due to lack of funding.

If elected, Ayscue said he would seek to improve officer retention at the sheriff’s office by implementing rank advancement based on training and length of service.

He would also establish Drug Awareness Resistance Education in schools, as well as Gang Resistance Education And Training.

Ayscue also hopes to conduct a mock critical crisis event, such as an armed intruder or natural disaster.

“To my knowledge that hasn’t been done in Warren County,” he said.

Johnny Williams has served as sheriff in Warren County for nearly 20 years.

He is a lifelong resident of Warren County and started working as an auxiliary deputy for the Warren County Sheriff’s Office in 1981.

Williams became a full-time deputy in 1991 and was elected sheriff in 1994.

This election is his sixth time running for the position.

“I enjoy working and serving the public, and I believe I am making progress,” he said. “I think I have a lot to offer people in Warren County.”

During his time in office, Williams said he has improved training and technology, as well as increasing the amount of officers on patrol.

“When I joined, we had only 12 deputies,” he said. “And now, there are 35.”

Williams said he has spent the most time in law enforcement, including the administrative side.

“I have a good relationship with the public,” he said. “I offer service 24 hours a day to the citizens of Warren County, and I would continue to do that. I would use all available technology to serve the citizens in whatever capacity would be needed.”

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