Sikes wins runoff, prepares to be sheriff

HINESVILLE, GA (WTOC) - Steve Sikes will continue a family tradition in Liberty County, serving as sheriff. Just like his father and grandfather, Sikes has been chosen by the voters to hold that office.

"It's incredible and I'm humbled by the results but I've got to say the citizens of this county spoke last night," Sikes said Wednesday.

Sikes defeated Warren Waye in a November 30 runoff, weeks after the two finished on top of seven candidates for the job in the November 2 special election. The race came as the result of the death of long-time sheriff Don Martin in May. Sikes will serve two years to fill Martin's remaining term.

"My first task is to heal this county. I've been elected for all the people of this county - all of them," he added. "I plan to reach out to all of them and be the sheriff for all people."

Martin's widow, Polly, has served as interim sheriff since her husband's death. Sikes could take the oath of office as soon as next week.

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