Roundtree will run if Strength bows out of sheriff's race




Richmond County Board of Education Public Safety Lt. Richard Roundtree confirmed Tuesday that he will run for sheriff this year, as long as current Sheriff Ronnie Strength bows out as many expect.

Roundtree, a former sheriff’s investigator, said he met with Strength on Monday to discuss his intentions and to see where the sheriff stood.

“I will not run against Ronnie Strength,” Roundtree said. “I look forward to be competing for an open seat.”

Strength said Tuesday he will make an official announcement about his intentions in mid-February. Until then he said he expects to continue to hear from his constituents, many of whom are asking him to stay on another term.

“There’s a lot of pressure,” he said.

Roundtree said his eight years as a homicide investigator as well as his more recent experience with the Board of Education will help him, should he be elected.

“I’ve seen the direct connection between a lack of education and the violent crime rate,” Roundtree said.