CRAVEN COUNTY -- Craven County voters elected a new sheriff for the first time in 24 years. This year, Republican candidate Chip Hughes ran against Democratic incumbent Jerry Monette.
- Hughes plans to focus on addressing animal abuse, the opioid epidemic, and school safety
- Back in 2014 Hughes opposed Monette but was short 225 votes
- Sheriff Elect Chip Hughes will take office Monday December 3
Back in 2014 Hughes opposed Monette, but was short 225 votes.
In his upcoming term as sheriff, Hughes plans to focus on addressing animal abuse, the opioid epidemic, and school safety.
“I feel like it’s my job as the sheriff to ensure all of our schools are as safe as possible,” said Hughes. “We’re gonna put school resource officers in these schools that are well-trained, well-qualified, and want to be there.”
Meanwhile local democrats are bracing for the change.
“When you get accustomed to different things, it can be difficult to move on,” said Craven County Democratic Chair Dorothea White. “Sometimes change has to happen, and it seems that the people have spoken, and we must go on.”
Sheriff Elect Chip Hughes will take office Monday December 3.