MOUNDSVILLE - Voters in Marshall County elected Kevin Cecil their new sheriff, selecting the Democrat over Republican Pat Mull.
Cecil will take over for current, term-limited Sheriff John Gruzinskas.
The community voiced its support of Cecil with an unofficial tally Tuesday showing Cecil with 5,887 votes, while Mull received 3,434 votes.
Cecil said that his 26 years of experience in law enforcement made him the right candidate. Having served as chief deputy in Marshall County, Cecil said he knows the area well.
"I can see what has and what has not worked, and I will build on what works," Cecil said in September. "I can see what problems a small town has."
There are four major issues Cecil wants to address as sheriff. First, he has seen a rise in drug-related crimes and wants to take a stand against them. Second, he wants to combat an increase he has seen in sex crimes, working to prevent them rather than react to them.
Next, he wants to work on traffic problems he has seen in Marshall County by getting deputies to patrol the roads and crack down on dangerous drivers. Finally, Cecil voiced a desire to build a close relationship with the community.
"You see things, hear things," said Cecil directly to residents. "We need you to watch things and tell the sheriff's office about them."
To his successor, Gruzinskas said, "It's not about who wins tonight. It's about community service. The citizens, the community are what it's all about. They'll decide who to trust with their safety and their money."
"I'm very, very pleased with the results," Cecil said as the final unofficial tally came in. "I am thankful for the confidence the community has shown in me."