COVINGTON -- Covington Police Department Capt. Philip Bradford has announced his intention to seek the office of sheriff of Newton County in the November election.
Bradford will run as a Republican against Democrat Ezell Brown, who has served as sheriff since 2008. Presently they are the only two candidates who have announced their intention to run for the office.
Bradford has more than 26 years of experience in law enforcement, all with the CPD.
"I've done about everything there is to do in every division from detective in the early '90s to being assigned to the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) Task Force in 1995 for three years," Bradford said. "I started the VIPER Unit in 1998, and was commander for both East Metro Drug Enforcement and the Special Investigations Unit. Now I'm captain of the Criminal Investigation Division of the Covington PD."
Bradford said his decision to run for sheriff was made because he is committed to the well-being of the citizens of Newton County.
"I grew up in this county and my daddy was a deputy sheriff. I have served the citizens of this county for over half of my life and I'm committed to continue that same service," he said.
Both Bradford's parents -- Herman and Maggie Bradford -- were dedicated employees of Newton County. In addition to working with the Sheriff's Office, Bradford's father was also an investigator for the Newton County District Attorney's Office. His mother worked as a secretary for Superior Court Judges Greely Ellis and John Ott.
"So it's not only myself, but our whole family has dedicated our lives to serving this community and have a passion and commitment to the citizens of this county," Bradford said.
He said he will shortly release a statement concerning his platform and will be making personal appearances and meeting and shaking hands with citizens between now and election time.
Bradford, 44, is married to Dalleen and the couple has three children.