Cathy Dyson writes about King George County.
The new sheriff has competition, already
A month into his term as sheriff of King George County, Steve Dempsey is facing some competition. Former deputy Fred Hottle, who served as a game warden in the area before he joined the King George force, says he’s planning to run for sheriff.
Hottle told me that Dempsey called him into his office and asked if he was running against him. When Hottle said yes, Dempsey told him to resign or he’d fire him, according to Hottle.
Dempsey wouldn’t say if he threatened to can Hottle. “I’d rather not discuss it,” he said this morning. He did acknowledge he asked Hottle to do the “gentlemanly thing and resign.”
Hottle resigned on Jan. 24. He’s already picked up his pack of information from the registar’s office and plans to gather signatures of those who support his quest to become sheriff.
Dempsey said he’s enjoying his first weeks in office, but wishes the job didn’t include the “political controversy.” He’d like to be able to concentrate on his role as sheriff.
Read more about the sheriff’s race in an upcoming story in The Free Lance-Star.