The field of candidates hoping to serve as Lenawee County Sheriff grew by one last week with an announcement by former sheriff’s department employee Jack Welsh.
Welsh is the second Republican candidate, joining another sheriff’s department employee, Tom Popejoy. So far on the Democratic ticket are Morenci Chief of Police Larry Weeks and Michigan State Police trooper Al Navarro.
The August primary election will determine which two candidates face off in November.
This marks the second attempt by Welsh, who ran unsuccessfully against incumbent sheriff Larry Richardson in 2004. Richardson will retire when his current term expires.
Welsh retired from the sheriff’s department last year, capping a 34-year career with duties ranging from road patrol to jail work.
Welsh believes he has the experience and training to step into the helm and move the department forward. He also states that he’s capable of smoothing over morale problems within the department.
Welsh lists extensive training and experience in emergency management as an essential part of his qualifications.