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Three candidates for Durham sheriff step forward

Posted September 28, 2011

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— 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.


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  • beachlvr0804 Sep 29, 2011

    WELL SAID....justcommonsense!!!

    anonemoose....there's no wrong doing here either....just a man retiring to spend time with his wife and family.

    Chief Andrews is a hardworking, fair and honest man and is the #1 man for the job.

  • anonemoose Sep 29, 2011

    The interim Sheriff in Franklin County is resigning, but WRAL can't seem to find time or space to cover that since there isn't any wrong doing involved.

  • justcommonsense Sep 29, 2011

    A good man with many years of service to Durham and Durham county. I hope that the County Commissioners choose wisely.

    My choice is Chief Deputy Mike Andrews. He's been on the force for a long time. He is familiar with the county and it's residents and is a fair man.

  • dogsrule12cheek Sep 29, 2011

    I also am a family friend and know's how he is about his wife and family, he has served many years as we all know in durham, and Mr.Hill will be greatly missed, I hope for Mike Andrews to be elected, he has also been around the system for many years.

    God Bless Mr.Hill and Family thru there rough times.

  • Rebelyell55 Sep 28, 2011

    Kinda of make ya wonder who and why anyone would want the job.

  • Boogalooboy Sep 28, 2011

    Well, we will have to see who the Alliance block votes for next election...they did such a good job putting the existing county commissioners in.... har har har

  • wral suks bauls Sep 28, 2011

    Sad day... Worth is a family friend and a great guy. Knew my grandmother well and even came by during her funeral to give his condolences. Durham is losing a person with a great amount of knowledge in the Law Enforcement field. Thanks for the service!