After Sheriff Neil Williamson and GOP candidate Wes Barr have tangled this week over the qualifications for the job, Barr’s Republican opponent in next spring’s primary is also weighing in.
Like Barr, Jack Campbell also did not have a four-year degree when he started in the sheriff’s department. But Campbell eventually obtained his diploma, something Barr has not done. Campbell says completing that college degree has provided him with skills that he thinks would be essential in running the sheriff’s office.
And unlike Barr, Campbell says he would not make any changes to the current educational requirements for new deputies. Barr said this week he would consider waiving the college requirement for new hires with active-duty military experience.