Maj. O.J. Stone of the Boone County Sheriff’s Department announced his candidacy for sheriff on Friday afternoon at a Muleskinners Club luncheon.
Stone said the decision to run has been made “for some time.”
“I always knew that when (Sheriff Ted Boehm) decided not to run again, that I would do so,” Stone said.
A lifelong resident of Boone County, Stone has been involved in law enforcement for more than 30 years and with the Sheriff’s Department for 26 years. He started with the county as a patrol officer and became chief deputy in 1995. Stone said that he thinks the next sheriff needs to be able to plan, develop strategy and continue developing the department.
“I think, for example, I’ve indicated I can certainly stay with the job,” Stone said. “I believe that’s what Boone County needs — a person who can look at the entire Boone County community to make it a better community for all of us.”
— Jessica Poore