Trion, Ga., police officer Mark Schrader soundly defeated incumbent Chattooga County Sheriff John Everett in Tuesday’s runoff election.
Schrader netted nearly 70 percent of votes cast while Everett, a one-term sheriff, garnered 30 percent.
Schrader, who has worked at the police department for two years and spent 17 years at the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office, won nearly half of the votes on the Democratic ballot in the July 31 primary election. Three other candidates, including Everett, also were on the ballot.
He didn’t return calls seeking comment Tuesday night.
With 861 fewer voters casting ballots in the runoff, Schrader still won with 2,382 votes and will go on to the November election to face Republican candidate Jamie Dawson.
Everett, who also didn’t return calls seeking comment, has been known for his tough approach on department operations. He has fired several deputies as well as supervisors since 2008 for a range of offenses, including one supervisor showing up at a crime scene with alcohol on his breath.
He currently faces a federal civil suit. A North Georgia couple alleges Everett allowed one of his detectives to deceive a judge into signing a search warrant and that there was a history of using illegal search warrants.
Everett, who has said the search was legitimate, told The Summerville News the suit was a political ploy.
Joy Lukachick is a crime reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered breaking news, high-profile trials, stories of lost lives and of regained hope and done investigative work. Raised near the Bayou, Joy’s hometown is along the outskirts of Baton Rouge, La. She has a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Louisiana State University. While at LSU, Joy was a staff writer for the Daily Reveille. When Joy isn't chasing down ...