Another candidate has joined the race for Gila County sheriff.
Undersheriff Adam Shepherd announced Thursday he has retired from the sheriff’s office to seek the Republican nomination.
Shepherd made the decision to run following the retirement announcement earlier this month by three-term sheriff, John Armer.
“I have enjoyed serving the people of this county for many years and look forward to serving them as their elected sheriff,” Shepherd said.
Shepherd joins the Republican race with Darrell Stubbs, who announced his candidacy in late January. Stubbs is the county’s former deputy sheriff.
Retired Department of Public Safety officer Craig Jones is expected to run on the Democratic ticket.
Shepherd has lived in Gila County for nearly 35 years. In that time, he has attended school, worked in family businesses and for 29 years, worked for local law enforcement offices. Of that, 27 years have been with the sheriff’s office.
Shepherd said he knows the communities of Gila County well and plans to run the sheriff’s office in an efficient manner with prompt and courteous service to all citizens.