Three candidates for Durham sheriff step forward
Posted September 28, 2011
Durham, N.C. — Although Durham County Sheriff Worth Hill won't leave office for another three months, people are already lining up to succeed him.
Hill, who has served as sheriff since 1994, announced last week that he would resign at the end of the year to spend more time with his ailing wife.
The Durham County Board of Commissioners will select someone to serve the three years remaining on Hill's term in office. Chief Deputy Mike Andrews, Roy Taylor, who lost to Hill in last year's sheriff's race, and Tony Butler, who also ran against Hill in the past, have all notified the board that they are interested in the job.
Board Chairman Michael Page said anyone else who's interested in becoming sheriff needs to notify the board in writing by Monday morning, when the board plans to meet with Hill and discuss the future of the sheriff's office during a work session.
Candidates will each have five minutes during the work session to address the board about their qualifications, Page said, but it's unclear whether a successor will be named on Monday.
A Durham native, Hill spent almost 30 years with the Durham Police Department before retiring in 1988 as a major.