Special to The Chronicle
Robert Bryan was elected Wilson County Sheriff by Wilson County Commission during its regular meeting Monday night.
Bryan served as former Sheriff Terry Ashe’s chief deputy until Ashe officially resigned on Sept. 30. Ashe then named Bryan to serve as the acting sheriff until commission could vote on his appointment.
District 15 Commissioner Mike Justice said the Law Enforcement Committee unanimously decided to nominate Bryan as sheriff. Bryan’s opponent was Mt. Juliet Deputy Chief of Police James Hambrick. Bryan was elected by a vote of 19-2 with two members of the county commission choosing to abstain.
Bryan has served a combined 27 years with the Lebanon Police Department and Wilson County Sheriff’s Department. His father, the late Cecil Bryan, served as Wilson County Sheriff from 1968 until 1974.
It was an emotional night for the younger Bryan, whose father passed away 12 years ago Sunday.
“One of the last things he told me was to ‘stay focused, keep your eye on the ball and you will be sheriff one day.’ Well, Daddy was right again,” he said.
After being pinned with the same badge his father wore, Bryan promised to use his experience, training and ability to serve the residents of Wilson County and keep them safe.
He wished to thank God, his family and Terry Ashe for “having the confidence in me to continue his work that he has done so well for the past 30 years.”
The Wilson Post first reported this story online at www.wilsonpost.com Monday, Oct. 15. Wilson Post Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.