Former deputy announces bid for Johnston County sheriff

Former Johnston County Sheriff’s Deputy Sheriff Bill Burgess will challenge incumbent Sheriff Steve Bizzell for the Republican nomination on the Tuesday, May 8 primary election. Burgess made the announcement today (Monday, Jan. 8).

Burgess, 50, was born in Washington, NC. I attended Broughton High School in Raleigh in and graduated from Aurora High School in Aurora in 1987.  He attended Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) at Central Community College in Sanford, NC in 1990.

He has been in law enforcement for 27 years. He served three years each with the Angier and Clayton police departments and 20 years as a Wake County sheriff’s deputy before joining the Johnston County Sheriff’ Office on Oct. 1 2016 and then resigned on June 9, 2017, citing personal reasons. He then decided to challenge Bizzell.

Burgess said he likes Bizzell and plans to run a positive campaign. He holds numerous law enforcement certifications and has received life saving citations.

“I am running for Johnston County Sheriff, because I believe that I can bring the Sheriff’s Office into the 21st Century and with your help we can ‘Move Forward Together,'” said Burgess. “I would like your vote for Sheriff of Johnston County in 2018 as ‘It’s Time For A Change.'”

Burgess and his wife Carolyn together have four children and three grandchildren.

Sheriff Bizzell announced last November that he would seek re-election for his fifth term and declined comment on Burgess’ candidacy.

“I love being sheriff and serving the people of Johnston County,” said Bizzell. “I am truly blessed with the men and women on staff who assist me each and every day in carrying out the duties of sheriff.”

Former Johnston County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Burgess is seeking the GOP nomination for sheriff against incumbent Sheriff Steve Bizzell.

Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell will seek a fifth term in office. The primary election is May 8.


  1. Sherwood hill on January 16, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    You have my vote and I will do what i can to help. It time to put new faces i the office. I help Steve get in office and had sign build for him. Steve was a good man but he let this help run him and they are a lot of talk about him on the street and it not good.

  2. Leon Weaver on January 22, 2018 at 11:36 am

    It is time for change. If a person gets to comfortable with their position they are not for the people it becomes personal

  3. Lewis larance on February 11, 2018 at 11:37 am

    Bill is a great guy, very professional and has a big hart. I have known him for a very long time you could not ask for a better man to be our Sheriff. I will certainly be giving him my vote on May 8 th.

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