New sheriff in town

Adams defeats Reeves in friendly runoff

Posted 7/21/20

Bobby Adams defeated Billy J. Reeves in a runoff election July 14 to become the next Madison County Sheriff. Adams garnered 712 total votes (64.67%) to Reeves’ 389 (35.33%) and will take over the position from retiring Sheriff Travis Neeley Jan. 1.

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New sheriff in town

Adams defeats Reeves in friendly runoff

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Bobby Adams defeated Billy J. Reeves in a runoff election July 14 to become the next Madison County Sheriff. Adams garnered 712 total votes (64.67%) to Reeves’ 389 (35.33%) and will take over the position from retiring Sheriff Travis Neeley Jan. 1.

“I thanked my supporters the other night, and I thank all of Madison County for their votes, support and putting their trust in me to carry this sheriff’s department on forward,” said Adams. “I will be forever grateful to those people.”

“My overall thought is now I do not have to go to school at night to get certified,” joked Reeves, who, if elected, would have attended night school in order to obtain his certification as a peace officer. “Time will tell if (the people) made the right decision or not.”

Both candidates highlighted the importance of a civil campaign against the other after a March 10 primary set the stage for a runoff between the two. Last week’s runoff was originally scheduled for May 26, but was delayed nearly two months as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Following the runoff’s results, both candidates agreed the campaigns were run cordially. Reeves said as much in a letter to the editor and reiterated it in an interview.

“I do not have any reason to believe it was not (run cordially),” said Reeves. “I never saw anything coming from (Adams) that would put him in that light. Some of his supporters may have, but I do not think it came from him.”

Adams will officially take over the position at the start of the new year and highlighted the county jail as well as staffing in terms of issues he would like to attack when he first arrives in office.

“Probably the staffing issues will be my goal first, because it is so hard to retain staff,” said Adams. “I will work with the commissioners and the judge to try and alleviate that problem. I am going to put together the best team I possibly can. I have some top notch people in mind. I have a chief deputy who will be stellar, but I will leave it at that for now.”

He also reiterated the need for upgrades at the Madison County Jail.

“The jail needs a lot of renovation,” said Adams. “A lot of work needs to be done to clean it up. That, as well as staffing, are my biggest concerns right now.”

When asked what he believes Adams’ biggest challenge will be as incoming Sheriff of Madison County, Reeves stated the desire for change, broadly speaking.

“Everybody is calling for change,” said Reeves. “I think (Adams) has been looking at the same program all these years, so I do not know if he is looking to do much changing. I don’t know, time will tell. He may be outstanding, you can never tell.”

Reeves, currently employed as an armorer by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, has no immediate plans for his future.

“We will see where the Lord leads me,” said Reeves. “I am not hunting for anything specific. The sheriff’s race was just something I considered after some people came to me.”

Adams, meanwhile, offered specific thanks for those who assisted him throughout the successful campaign.

“First off, I want to thank the Lord Jesus Christ,” said Adams. “I prayed for guidance on a regular basis and I prayed for God to put me where I needed to be. There is also one person I really need to thank more than anyone, and that would be my wife, Shana Adams. She has been my backbone through this whole thing. She has been the person I’ve cried to and went to for advice. Without her, I could not have done it.”

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