By Patrick Yost editor
Former Morgan County Sheriff Deputy Kenny Stewart on Monday announced that he will run for the office of Morgan County sheriff. Stewart resigned from the Morgan County Sheriff’s office last Friday in order to run for the post. Stewart said he would qualify next week as a Democrat and, currently, would be the only opposition to Morgan County Sheriff Robert Markley, a Republican. The two would face each other in the general election in November if there are no more candidates in the race. Stewart has worked for 19 years in law enforcement, with the past 18 years with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office. According to a press release he issued, Stewart”… served as an officer assigned to patrol, K-9, narcotics, and drug interdiction. I was promoted to the rank of captain where I was in charge of the Uniformed Patrol Division, Criminal Investigations Division and the Jail Division respectively. Select assignments included special agent assigned to the Ocmulgee Drug Task and special agent assigned to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.”
Stewart, 45, said becoming a sheriff, particularly of a county from which he was raised, has been an aspiration. “When I started law enforcement this has been my whole goal,” he said. Stewart is a 1987 graduate from Morgan County High School and holds a host of police officers training certificates. Stewart said if elected he would “get the office back on track.” “We would be a proactive department. We’re not as proactive as we used to be. You can look at our stats and see that.” He also said he would seek to secure additional funding by arranging the housing of “out of county inmates” at the Morgan County Detention Center. That funding, he said, could help reduce the need for taxation to support the facility. “My key platform is going to be fiscal accountability.” Stewart, who is married with one child, said he would attempt to “bring the county closer together with law enforcement,” if elected and would “stop the revolving door of employees.” “I will try and make it a better environment, make them part of a team. I won’t isolate them,” he said.