WFD Battalion Chief announces plan to run for Pender Sheriff seat

Randy Burton (Photo: WFD)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — After 20 years with the Wilmington Fire Department, Battalion Chief Randy Burton announced he plans to retire in January but not from public service.

Burton says he has taken the first steps in becoming a candidate for the office of sheriff of Pender County for the 2018 election.

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Burton’s career in public service began in 1986 when he joined New Hanover County EMS. After that, he worked as a deputy with the Pender County Sheriff’s Office and then New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office in the patrol division, vice and narcotics and the S.A.F.E. unit.

“The paths taken in my more than 32 years of public service have given me the maturity and experience to take the next step in service to my community and the citizens of Pender County,” Burton said in a news release.

Burton says he is a third generation firefighter and his years as a law enforcement officer have been a blessing.

“I am both humbled and excited for the opportunity to serve the citizens of Pender County and lead the fine men and women of the Pender County Sheriff’s Office if elected.”

One week ago, Pender County Sheriff Carson Smith announced he was not running for re-election and instead, will run for the NC House District 16 seat.