Longtime Muskogee Police officer Andy Simmons will be Muskogee County’s new sheriff after winning in a landslide over current Undersheriff Michael Mahan in the Republican primary runoff today.
Simmons received 1,697 of the total 2,736 votes cast, or 62 percent to Mahan’s 38 percent.
Since former Sheriff Charles Pearson, a Democrat, withdrew from the race last week, Simmons faces no Democrat challenger, meaning the Republican primary served as the general election, and he is the new Sheriff-elect.
Simmons was unavailable for comment late today, but Mahan conceded.
“I’m not sure what I will do next,” he said. “I am waiting on God to open a door.”
Simmons, currently a lieutenant at the Muskogee Police Department, is a US Navy veteran, a 24-year police officer and current president of the local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police. His chief goals are to provide training for law enforcement, address issues at the jail and step up narcotics enforcement while reaching out to the county’s youth.
In endorsing Simmons for his old seat, Pearson said “Andy has served this county and city and country for his entire life. Every accomplishment I had as sheriff, when I look back, Andy was there, helping me the entire way. He’s taking a cut in pay to do this.”