This afternoon the Haywood County Democrat Executive Committee elected chief deputy Bobby Suttles to replace retiring Sheriff Tom Alexander.
Suttles received 111 of 166.5 votes cast, with retired state trooper Albert Allen and Maggie Valley policeman Russell Gilliland splitting the remainder. Two others expressed interest in the job, but failed to receive a nomination from the floor at the meeting.
Alexander retired effective February 2. His name came up last year in testimony in the trial of former Buncombe County Sheriff Bobby Medford related to improprieties in the regulation of video poker machines.