Burke County Sheriff Greg Coursey on Tuesday announced that he would endorse current Richmond County school chief Alfonzo Williams to be his successor.
The endorsement came during Williams’ affirmation banquet at the First Liberty Market in downtown Waynesboro.
“I wholeheartedly endorse him,” Coursey told The Augusta Chronicle on Wednesday. “He’s without a doubt the most qualified candidate in the race.”
In January, Coursey said that he would retire after 36 years in office. Elected in 1980, the former furniture company manager is the county’s longest-serving sheriff.
Williams, the Richmond County School Safety and Security chief, is a Waynesboro native with more than 25 years of law enforcement experience.
“I was very honored (Tuesday night) to received the prestigious and coveted endorsement of longtime Sheriff Gregory T. Coursey, who has kept Burke County safe for close to 36 years,” Williams said in a text message. “I am looking forward to serving all of Burke County.”
Williams will face business owner-turned-lawman Freddie Yelton, the only other person to qualify for the race, according to the Burke County Board of Elections and Registration. Yelton, of the Waynesboro Police Department, counts more than 35 years of management experience prior to his law enforcement career, according to the True Citizen.