Grainger County voters select former sheriff Harville as new she

Grainger County voters select former sheriff Harville as new sheriff

James K. Harville James K. Harville
RUTLEDGE (WATE) - Voters in Grainger County have selected James K. Harville as their new sheriff.

With all 10 precincts reporting, the unofficial results show Harville with 60 percent of the vote at 3,156. Tony Williams received 25 percent of the vote with 1,319 votes, and Toby Cameron received 802 votes, or 15 percent of the vote.

Harville previously served as sheriff from 2006 to 2010.

"I've just got 24 years in law enforcement and want to help my community. I'm very thankful for all the support I had," said Harville.

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He will replace outgoing Sheriff Scott Layel. Layel was at the center of controversy for months after residents and county workers complained he was not showing up for work.

Layel told 6 News he was dealing with ongoing health issues.

Layel was replaced by Chief Deputy Charles Biddle who is serving as acting sheriff.

Voters also re-elected Mayor Mark Hipsher by a narrow margin over Mike Byrd. Hipsher had 52 percent of the vote at 2,629, while Byrd had 48 percent with 2,433 votes.
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