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Michael Brown running for sheriff

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Michael Brown is making a third run for Henderson County sheriff.


"After much consideration and encouragement from my friends, family and community, I have decided to seek the Republican Nomination for sheriff of Henderson County," he said in a news release. "I believe this is an excellent opportunity for the citizens of the county to elect a sheriff for the future, who will serve the people of this county for many years to come.

"We have had five sheriffs in the last 10 years including the current interim sheriff," Brown added. "I want to bring a sense of security to our community and the men and women of the sheriff's office to improve morale within the department. I will be a proactive sheriff with an open door policy."

Brown is a lifelong resident of Henderson County and is the third generation of his family to serve Henderson County in law enforcement. He finished third when he ran for the open sheriff's office in 2006 after Rick Davis and Tim Griffin, and lost to incumbent George Erwin in the 2002 primary.

A graduate of East Henderson High School, Brown holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Western Carolina University, where he was a member of the Alpha Rho Omega Criminal Justice Honor Society. Brown is a North Carolina State Trooper with over 18 years experience in state law enforcement.
Brown and his wife, Lynn, have three daughters, Erica, Jessie and a newborn baby, Jezreel Grace.

"I will implement a policy that will shelter the employees of the department from demotion or dismissal without due process," he said. "Personnel will be re-allocated to increase the number of officers on patrol, who answer calls for service, to enhance patrol coverage and lower response times.Drug and property crime will be a top priority.

I will re-establish the drug interdiction unit and will put an emphasis on counter terrorism and emergency preparedness."

"I will put school resource officers back in our middle schools and will work to make all schools safer. Our children, parents and educators deserve the very best when it comes to safety in our schools."

Brown invited anyone seeking more information to visit his Facebook page and