MIAMI COUNTY — For the first time in 28 years, Miami County will have a new sheriff in charge.
According to unofficial results, Miami County voters selected Chief Deputy Dave Duchak as their next sheriff with 32,312 votes, compared to his opponent Independent candidate Joe Mahan’s 13,465 votes.
“I just want to say how grateful I am for all the support from voters and all the people who helped me and supported me,” said Duchak on Tuesday night. “I’ll always do my best for everybody in the county.”
Duchak thanked Sheriff Cox, Cox’s wife Lynn, and the men and women at the sheriff’s office for their support as chief deputy. Duchak also thanked his wife, Shari, and their children for their support during the campaign.
“I have huge shoes to fill, that I never will, with Sheriff Cox,” he said. “We have a great department. I can’t be more proud of the folks I serve with. I’m just very grateful and thankful to the Miami County voters and I’ll always do my best to do the best job I can.”
Dave Duchak won the Republican primary last March against three candidates with various law enforcement experience.
“I’m a lifelong conservative Republican, but I firmly believe politics stop at the door of the sheriff’s office,” Duchak said. “I’ll be the sheriff to everyone. I’ll always follow the law and the Constitution and that will come first. Sheriff Cox always kept politics out of his office and I plan on doing the same.”
Mahan announced his intention to run for Miami County Sheriff as an Independent in January 2016.
In 2015, Sheriff Charles Cox announced he would not seek an eighth term in office. He was elected to seven consecutive terms and served 28 years as sheriff.
Independent candidate Joe Mahan ran for sheriff in 2008 and lost to Sheriff Cox.
Duchak commended Mahan for running a good campaign.
“I wish him the best in the future,” Duchak said.