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An independent candidate for sheriff filed the required number of signatures Monday to be on the ballot for November’s general election, according to documents filed at the Anderson County clerk’s office.
By doing so, Jeff McCormick, 48, of 568 South Main St., will challenge incumbent Sheriff Troy Young, a Democrat.
Young defeated a challenger in May’s primary. No Republican filed to run for sheriff this fall.
As an independent candidate, McCormick was required to turn in at least 100 signatures of Anderson County registered voters to be on the ballot.
McCormick spent 16 years with the state’s Division of Fish and Wildlife before accepting law enforcement assignments overseas with the federal government.
McCormick said he served on the wildlife division’s marijuana task from 1987 to 1994 and attended specialized schools for criminal intelligence.
He was recruited in 1999 by the federal government and was sent to Kosovo the following year as part of the State Department’s international police task force.
While there, McCormick said his unit investigated all major criminal activities, including bombings, acts of terrorism and slavery.
He returned home in 2001 and was sent to Qatar in 2002 as part of the Department of Defense’s troop build up leading up to the war in Iraq where, in 2004, he was assigned to the First Calvary Division as a police adviser.
McCormick said he is now assistant security manager at Shadwell Farms in Lexington.