BURKE COUNTY, Ga. (WJBF) – The Burke County Sheriff’s seat was up for grabs as sheriff Greg Coursey announced his retirement earlier this year.
Alfonzo Williams ran as a Democrat. Freddie Yelton as a Republican.
Tuesday night, Williams came out on top with an overwhelming 72% of the votes.
Williams is the former Waynesboro police chief and the current Richmond County School System chief.
He celebrated the victory with dozens of his friends and family members at First Liberty Market in Waynesboro Tuesday night.
Williams ran for office because sheriff Coursey is retiring after 36 years in office.
Coursey was elected in 1980. He endorsed Williams in this race.
The two are close friends and worked together during Williams’ time as police chief in Waynesboro.
Williams has more than 25 years experience in law enforcement and for him, this win is a long time in the making.
“We’ve been working on this for some 20 years. I said to him (Coursey) that time ago that when he decided to retire I wanted to take his place and it’s happening here tonight. It’s great. We appreciate his support. We’re going to build on what he has started there. We’re going to take care of the employees and the citizens of Burke County,” Williams said.
The sheriff-elect is going to sit down with the sheriff Wednesday.
Williams says he has a lot of plans for the agency, but one major one is to achieve state accreditation.