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Ita resident Jimmie Silver is seeking to become the next sheriff of Halifax County and has announced his intention to file for the March primary.

As of this report, Silver, a retired first sergeant with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol and Army veteran, will be running against Scott Hall, the chief deputy for Halifax County Sheriff’s Office who announced his intention to file August of last year.

“I want to bring my experience in leadership from the North Carolina Highway Patrol to Halifax County,” Silver said in a statement. “The experience I gained from working my way up from a patrol officer at Rocky Mount Police Department to retiring as the district First Sergeant leading Nash and Edgecombe County for the highway patrol has prepared me for this position.”

Silver said, “My experience encompasses so much more than law enforcement from the discipline I gained in the military to the experience of working at Caledonia Correctional Institution.

 “I have gained appreciation for our youth through volunteering to work with youth whether in church or a community organization. I believe that you should listen to the people you serve and that commitment to professionalism is a must.”

He said, “I also believe that you should be equally committed to people that work for you such as the deputies, jail staff and support staff.” 

During his career in the military and law enforcement, whether it was at entry level or in leadership “it was always stressed to take care of your people and your people will take care of you.”

One of his first priorities as sheriff would be to increase pay for the deputies and jail staff along with community policing through partnerships with other law enforcement agencies, “and most importantly building a partnership with the citizens.”  

Said Silver: “I want to increase the clearance rate for major crimes therefore reducing the overall crime rate. I want to take weapons and drugs off our streets and out of our schools. This can only be obtained by enhancing our current staff training and pay. Having a sheriff that is available to his staff and the citizens he serves is my starting point.” 

Silver is a state law enforcement Instructor and has assisted with the basic schools for troopers as well as in-service training. “I have assisted with background investigations for new hires. I understand what it takes to obtain and retain employees.”

Said Silver: “Therefore, I am asking for your support to make Halifax County a safer place to live.  I am committed to be a sheriff to all people. I am committed to be accountable for my staff’s actions. I am committed to sharing as much information as possible if and when a major incident happens.”