Sheriff Kelly Herzet is retiring from law enforcement January 1, 2021, but he will continue serving the citizens of Butler County in a new role — as County Commissioner. Herzet is running unopposed in District 3, which includes the Northwestern corner of Butler County, including the west half of El Dorado and the communities of Towanda, Potwin, Whitewater, and Elbing.
Herzet will be replacing Commissioner Ed Myers who is stepping down when his second term expires January 2021.
With a three-way contest for the next Butler County Sheriff, Herzet has released his public endorsement of Jay Sharp for Sheriff.
"I know Jay Sharp. I know his character and his experience and I proudly endorse Jay Sharp for Butler County Sheriff. His proven commitment to transparency will foster public trust while improving public safety. Jay will bring open, innovative, values-based leadership to the sheriff's office and will create an environment for success not only within the agency, but within the communities he will serve, as well."
Sharp has more than 15 years of service for Butler County, said Herzet. "He has a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice and has served the County as a Deputy, Detective, Training and Standards Sergeant, which deals with policies and procedures, and he is currently the Captain of the Road Patrol Division."
"He invested his own time," said Herzet, "to learn about the jail and that is one thing the Sheriff has to do; run a county jail. Per statute, we have to run a jail, we have to do civil process and we have to register offenders.
"I think Jay Sharp is the most qualified of the three candidates that have applied to be the Sheriff," said Herzet. "He has integrity, compassion and he leads by example. I think Jay Sharp will be a great Sheriff."
In the Butler County Primary Election for Sheriff, Sharp will face fellow Republican candidates Rob Chandler and Monty Lee Hughey on Tuesday, August 4, 2020.
Approximately, 6,000 mail-in ballots were sent out by Butler County on July 15th for Advance Mail-In Voting.
In Person Advanced Voting is going on now through Monday, August 3, 2020 at 12 p.m.