After more than a quarter century in law enforcement Wilbarger County Sheriff, Larry Lee, is okay about trying something new.
“At this time, I think everything just feel right into place,” Lee said. “This is all I have done, basically, my whole adult life. So it’s going to be an adventure.”
Starting on March first, Lee’s morning commute won’t be to the Wilbarger courthouse.
Instead, he’ll go to work at the North Texas State Hospital, where he’ll begin his new job as director of security.
“It’s going to be a lot different,” Lee said. “There will be a lot of difference–dealing with a different type of people. Going from prisoners–criminals– to patients. It’s a different environment, but like I said, my job is to keep the place safe and that’s what I’m going to do.”
Lee began his stint as sheriff in 2005, filling former Sheriff David Quisenberry’s unexpired term and winning election twice.
And now, the remainder of Lee’s term will be finished starting in March by Chief Deputy Kenny Alexander.
“The jail, that will be his biggest headache,” Lee said about Alexander’s tasks. “But just everything, everything that I’ve been doing for 10 years, which he won’t have a problem at it. He’s done it long enough he’ll step right in and not miss a beat.”
After a quarter century, Lee’s seen a lot of change in law enforcement and has worked hard to contribute to the changes.
But, that’s not what he’s most proud about.
“My proudest achievement is putting a good staff together that treats the people good and takes care of the citizens of the county.”
Which will make leaving a little bit easier but, at the same time, that much more difficult.
There are four candidates running for the sheriff position.
Bill Price, Jerry Ranjel and Kevin Holland are running as Republicans.
The winner of the Republican Primary will then go against Democrat Clinton Nava in the November election.