The political showdown to become Lexington County’s new sheriff takes place Tuesday on the Republican primary ballot.
It’s a four-man race from which the first new sheriff elected in two generations will emerge.
Candidates are Richland County Deputy Justin Britt, criminal justice instructor Ed Felix, Assistant Lexington town Police Chief Jay Koon and West Columbia Police Chief Dennis Tyndall.
A runoff election will take place March 17 among the top two finishers in the contest Tuesday if no one receives more than 50 percent of the vote. Another election will occur April 21 in which the GOP nominee will be the only candidate on the ballot.
The race was created when former Sheriff James Metts stepped down in mid-December after 42 years in office, shortly before pleading guilty to a federal misconduct charge.
The next sheriff will take office in late April. He will oversee a staff of 500 deputies, jailers and assistants that handled nearly 86,100 calls for help during the year that ended June 30.