CLAY COUNTY, TX (KAUZ) - Jeff Lyde of Henrietta hopes to become the new sheriff in Clay County. It's a two man race between Lyde and the current Clay County Sheriff Kenny Lemons. Since running in 2008, Sheriff Lemons has served two terms. This is Lyde's first run for the office.
"I believe that I am a better candidate because I have more broadband experience than the current sheriff," said Lyde.
After joining the army out of high school, Lyde served as a U.S. Army Intelligence Operative while stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. Lyde served as a sergeant for the Texas Highway Patrol and also served on the board of directors for the Texas Department of Public Safety Officers Association. With a variety of experience serving at both the federal, state, county, and local levels, Lyde said he can be an effective sheriff if he were to be elected.
"New policies, with regard to how the dispatchers dispatch new policies and how we schedule the deputies to provide more coverage to the northern and southern parts of the county," said Lyde.
As a father and husband, Lyde said that building a family-friendly community would be crucial to helping wipe out drug problems in Clay County. Lyde said he wants the community to be just as engaged.
"I'll listen to people's ideas. I'll listen to their wants and concerns, and I'll try to address those wants and concerns to the best of my ability," said Lyde.