A long time northwest, Florida lawman lost his bid for a fourth term in office. In January, one-time Deputy Tim Brown will be sworn-in as Holmes County's first republican sheriff since the civil war.
Brown spent the morning "thanking" voters for his "upset" victory over incumbent Sheriff Dennis Lee. Brown spent 18 years with the department, and the last six with the Florida Department of Corrections.
In 2004, Brown mounted an unsuccessful bid for the office, but this time around, he had two things going for him. He ran as a republican who voted more than three-to-one for Senator McCain for president. Brown also says he knocked on just about every door in the county.
There will be two other new sheriffs in the central Panhandle. Defuniak Springs Police Chief Mike Adkinson has been elected in Walton County. Former Marianna Police Chief Lou Roberts will be sworn-in as Jackson County’s top lawman in January, 2009.