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New Sheriffs Elected in 3 Different Panhandle Counties

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Tuesday's elections welcomed three new sheriffs to the Panhandle in Gulf, Liberty and Calhoun counties.

In Calhoun County, current Sheriff, David Tatum, is retiring, allowing Democratic candidate Glenn Kimbrel to be elected.

Glenn Kimbrel was born and raised in Blountstown. He began his career in law enforcement back in 1975 as a volunteer for the Blountstown Police Department where he was later hired and spent his 35 year long career there. He retired in 2011, but Kimbrel first ran for the position of sheriff in 1988.

"Everyone has goals, and my goal was to be county sheriff one day, I never gave up . I am humbled and so appreciative and I'm going to work real hard to earn their respect," says Kimbrel.

One county over in Liberty County Nick Finch came out on top ousting the incumbent, Democrat Donnie Conyers, by almost 200 votes.

Finch is originally from a small town in Iowa and moved to the area in 1995. However, his law enforcement background dates back to 1981 when he started his career as a military police officer in the Army.

His experience also includes an investigator for two different inspector generals agencies in the state of Florida.

Finch ran for Liberty Co. Sheriff back in 2008, but lost. He says he wants to bring change like more deputies on the road and pay raises.

The sheriff elect says is win indicates the people's desire for change. "It's very close knit. Every sheriff that's ever been elected in Liberty County has come from Liberty County or Calhoun County, so I bring a fresh perspective to Liberty County. I think the people spoke last night and I believe that's what they want, and that's what they're going to get," says Finch.

A few counties over in Gulf County, Republican candidate Mike Harrison beat out Democratic incumbent Joe Nugent for sheriff.