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Upset in sheriff primary election means Henderson County will have new top cop

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Lowell Griffin (L) and Charles McDonald (Source: Campaigns) Lowell Griffin (L) and Charles McDonald (Source: Campaigns)
HENDERSONVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

A surprising upset in Henderson County on Tuesday night means they will be getting a new top cop in November.

In the May 8 primary, incumbent Sheriff Charles McDonald lost the GOP nomination to Lowell Griffin, who secured 58 percent of the votes.

McDonald, who filed for reelection in February, has worked in many different roles for the Henderson County Sheriff's Office since 1985. He worked his way through the ranks as a patrol deputy, detective, drug agent, lieutenant, jail captain, SWAT member and internal affairs investigators.

He was sworn in as sheriff in December 2014.

Griffin, who previously worked for the Henderson County Sheriff's Office, is looking to return to the agency.

He joined the Sheriff's Office in 1992 and also worked in various roles, including as a detention officer, patrol officer, investigator, supervisor and SWAT officer. He served as bomb tech in Henderson County from 2002 to 2014.

Griffin is currently the operations captain for the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

His campaign promises include discontinuing use of the statute that allows a sheriff to fire officers at will, dedicating resources to combat the opioid epidemic, mandating the use of body cameras and reevaluating unnecessary spending.

FULL ELECTION RESULTS: Results for NC primary election

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