Sheriff to seek re-election

Jan. 03, 2014 @ 08:09 AM

Caldwell County Sheriff Alan Jones on Thursday announced he will run for a second full term.

Jones, 48, was appointed sheriff in 2007 by the Caldwell County Board of Commissioners after the death of Gary Clark, who won re-election for a second term in November 2006 but died in February 2007 from pancreatic cancer. Jones was elected in 2010 to a full term as sheriff.

"I feel my 26 years in law enforcement makes me the best candidate for the job of sheriff," Jones said in a press release. "I have the knowledge, education and experience to continue to lead the sheriff's office for the good of the citizens of Caldwell County.

"Our office will continue to work diligently to provide safe communities for our citizens to include providing a law enforcement presence in schools for the saftey of our children."

Jones began his career at the Lenoir Police Department after graduating from Appalachian State University in 1988 with a degree in criminal justice. Jones rose to the rank of lieutenant before coming to the sheriff's office in 2003 as the chief deputy for Clark. Jones also received a master's degree in public administration from ASU in 2006, and is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute in Louisville, Ky., and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Acadamy in Quantico, Va.

Jones will have at least one opponent in the Republican primary, Lance Wilson, a current trooper for the N.C. Highway Patrol who served with the sheriff's office from 1999 to 2007. Wilson considered running in 2010 but did not.