Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell announced Thursday that he will seek a sixth term
. Bizzell was first elected in 1998 after serving under two former sheriffs and he has become one of North Carolina’s longest-serving elected county sheriffs.
“I love being Sheriff of Johnston County, and I look forward to continuing to serve as your sheriff, to ensure that the quality of law enforcement services that our citizens have become accustomed to continues,” said Bizzell. “I am truly blessed to have the quality of men and women who assist me daily in carrying out the duties of the Office of the Sheriff.”
Bizzell served as President of the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association (NCSA) in 2007-2008 where he represented all 100 sheriffs in the State of North Carolina. He held the position of Chairman of the Executive Committee of the NCSA from 2008 to 2009 and continues to serve as a board member.
In 2014, Bizzell was selected by Governor Pat McCrory to serve on the Governor’s DWI Task Force and was elected by sheriffs in District 4 to serve on the N.C. Sheriffs’ Education and Training Standards Commission. In 2016, Bizzell received the “Order of the Long Leaf Pine,” among the most prestigious awards presented by the Governor of North Carolina.
Johnston County is projected to be the fastest growing county in North Carolina percentage wise over the next 10 years and will surpass 200,000 residents this year.
“I understand the number one priority of government is public safety, and we are preparing to meet the challenges associated with this growth, including the need for a new jail and sheriff’s office,” said Bizzell. “As sheriff, I will continue to be proactive in providing our staff with advanced training, technology, and will acquire the most up-to-date equipment that is necessary for them to be effective and efficient in providing public safety for our citizens. Our deputies are held to a high standard; we use common sense in applying the law, and we treat people like we would want to be treated.”
“I will continue to work hard for the people of Johnston County, so that we can keep Johnston County a safe community to live, work, and raise our children,” said Bizzell. “I take great pride in the accomplishments that we, working together as a team, have made over the years and look forward for the opportunity to continue the progress and serve the citizens of Johnston County.”