Two Candidates Vying for Covington Co. Sheriff's Seat


By Amanda Wade

The June primaries are less than two weeks away, and two candidates in Covington County are vying for the Sheriff's seat.

Covington County Sheriff Dennis Meeks wants a third term, but to get it, he will have to beat challenger Chris Byrd.

Dennis Meeks has served as Covington County's sheriff for eight years and has been able to get more than $750,000 in grants and new equipment. He has 21 years of law enforcement experience which include jobs in every division, "When I started with the sheriff's office in 1993, I worked in corrections and as a dispatch officer. I've worked on the road as a patrolman and investigations, and I was chief deputy prior to being elected sheriff," says Meeks.

Challenger Chris Byrd is the part time police chief for Gantt. He has 17 years of law enforcement experience; 10 and a half of those with the Covington County Sheriff's office. He says he would like to make changes as sheriff, "My first priority is actually to go in there and pull the cases that happened in the past with the sheriff's office and just make sure our victims are taken care of and these cases have been worked to the fullest extent."

Byrd also says he would like to hold quarterly meetings throughout the county if elected. Meeks says he has always had an open door policy for anyone in the community.

There is not democratic opposition for the November elections, so the candidate that wins the primary will be sheriff.