Bulloch County voters chose their incumbent sheriff for another four years Tuesday night. Lynn Anderson won a three-way race for the sheriff’s seat with a 54 percent of the vote.
Challengers Tommy Sisson and Keith Howard split the remainder, with Sisson edging Howard by 23 percent (1,860 votes) to 24 percent (1,766 votes.)
At a party in the Wedgefield subdivision clubhouse, Anderson celebrated with friends, family, employees and other supporters. A cake displayed his old badge number, a patrol car, handcuffs and images from “The Andy Griffith Show.”
“I want to thank all of my supporters who worked so very hard this hot, hot summer,” he said. “My 32 years experience, the great sheriff’s office we have and the great people we have is what pulled us through. Most of the credit goes to the guys and gals who work for me.”
Former Georgia State Patrol Trooper Tommy Sisson said he was impressed with the positive tone of the race.
“I want to thank my family and supporters for contributions, and I congratulate Lynn,” he said. “I wish him well in his service to Bulloch County. We all ran a good race and a clean race.”
Howard, also a former Georgia State Trooper, said he was “shell shocked” at the low voter turnout, about 28 percent.
“That’s sad,” he said. “The sheriff’s race ought to be an important race in the county. I am proud of the people who supported me, but it’s very sad (to have low voter turnout) for a contest with so much at stake for law enforcement and the community.”
Howard retired from the Georgia State Patrol, where he worked for most of his 20 years in law enforcement. He enjoyed a year-long stint as Jenkins County sheriff’s chief deputy before returning to the GSP, where he later retired after a shoulder injury. He is married and he and wife Gail have a son and a daughter. He owns Bulloch Port-a-Potty.
Sisson and his wife, Molly, have three children. He retired from the Georgia State Patrol in January to run for sheriff and served more than 30 years with the GSP, Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office and Statesboro Fire Department. He is on staff at Pittman Park United Methodist Church.
Anderson and his wife, Becky, have two adult children and two grandchildren. He has been with the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Department for 32 years, and has no other employment.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.