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.”