Former detective announces sheriff run

Victor Jacobs
Victor Jacobs

Victor Jacobs is a former Columbus County sheriff’s detective.

The first candidate has declared his intentions to run for Columbus County Sheriff in 2022.

Victor Jacobs, a Buckhead resident and former detective with the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office, officially announced his candidacy Monday on social media.

Jacobs is currently a traffic enforcement deputy with the Pender County Sheriff’s Office. He plans to run for the Democrat nomination for sheriff. Sheriff Jody Greene, a Republican, won the seat in the 2018 election, but dealt with months of hearings by the local and state elections boards, as well as a legal fight over his residency. The elections board certified the election in June 2019. Greene is expected to run for reelection in 2022.

The ordained minister said he began his career in public safety in 2003 as a junior firefighter with Buckhead Fire/Rescue, where he worked his way up to assistant chief. He went to work as a telecommunicator with the Highway Patrol in 2012, and began working part-time as a detention officer in Brunswick County at that time. Later he became a bailiff, civil deputy and later detective with the Columbus office. Jacobs said he was Detective of the Year in 2019.

With more than1,000 hours of continuing law enforcement certifications, Jacobs said he has a desire to build relationships with local, state and federal agencies, as well as communities.

“I have served my community, my county, and my state from an early age,” Jacobs said. “I have a vision to provide the residents of our jail with better resources to help those combat addictions and prevent their return to our jail. I will be aggressive yet professional to ensure that our communities are no longer a safe haven for drug dealers.

“I will promote community policing to build public relations and public trust in the ones that are serving you. I will advocate professionalism, respect, integrity, duty, and excellence to be our standard service to the citizens of Columbus County.”

Jacobs said he offers “a new direction, a new vision, and a voice for all.

“I look forward to having the opportunity to serve ALL of the citizens of Columbus County,” Jacobs said.

Candidate filings for sheriff begin in December.

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