SILVER CITY - Wayne Olver announced he will run for sheriff of Grant County, running on the Republican ticket.
, 55, served for 22 1/2 years as a police officer in New Jersey, 2 1/2 years as detective and five years part-time as special police officer.
Olver retired from law enforcement in New Jersey in 2005 and has been a resident of Grant County since then and serves as a reserve deputy for the Sheriffs Office.
He has an associates degree in Criminal Justice from Morris County College in Randolph, N.J.
He was a member of a number of volunteer groups in New Jersey.
He served as a delegate in the New Jersey State Policemen's Benevolent Association for 15 years and retired as the third vice president on the board.
He was president of his local upon retirement.
Since moving to Grant County he
has become a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, and volunteers at the organization's ReStore.
career as a police officer as his
qualification for the sheriff's seat, and said he
wants to make a difference in Grant County
said focusing on the problems of drugs and gangs in the community would be among his
priorities, if elected, and he
would also like to do something about the growing transient problem.
"I see them as a growing and continuing problem," he
"Along with drugs and all related problems such as gangs, burglaries, drive-bys, thefts, and more."
would also like to see more interaction between the Sheriff's Office, the community and the children.
Transients and drugs and drug-related crimes are some of the current challenges the new sheriff will face, Olver
was married for 30 years and is a widower with no children.
He is also a licensed private detective, a former business owner and a life-long Republican.