Investigator Mike Milnor of the Campbell County Sheriff's Office announced his intention to run for sheriff, and has received the endorsement of the current sheriff, Robert Maxey.
, who is running as an independent, made his announcement Thursday outside the county's historic courthouse joined by family, Maxey - a Republican - and members of the department who support him.
has not filed the required paperwork for candidacy with the Campbell County registrar's office, he
plans to run against Lt.
, 40, said he
has been planning to run for office since he
joined the sheriff's office in 1982 and has taken the necessary steps toward achieving his
goal.He received a bachelor's degree in sociology and law enforcement from Averett University and worked as an investigator with the department for more than 10 years.In 1996, Milnor left the sheriff's office to become Campbell County's first director or public safety.He
returned to the sheriff's office
in 2000.For the past two years, Milnor has been the coordinator of the Central Virginia Drug Task Force and is a sworn officer for state and federal agencies.He also serves on the Regional Homicide Squad.Milnor
experience helped him learn about managing a department, handling budgets and working with state and federal law enforcement agencies.Milnor
, a Campbell County native, said if elected, he
plans to bring new ideas on recruiting."I want to get the best (officers) and I want to keep them on," he
also said he
wants to build up community policing programs."I don't think a department is any better than its citizens," he
said.Maxey said he
is endorsing Milnor
because of his
qualifications."I've known Mike
was in high school.
role in the drug bust was limited since it was primarily a federal case and his
intention to run had nothing to do with the case.
plans to have his
required paperwork filed with the registrar's office by the June 10 deadline.