Kelly Herzet was elected Butler County sheriff Tuesday, receiving nearly 70 percent of the vote.
Herzet received 4,968 votes, while Enterkin received 2,236 votes.
Herzet, who was appointed sheriff approximately 15 months ago, said he was excited to be elected for the first time and attributed the victory to his positive campaign.
“I just let the people know what I wanted to accomplish, and the voters decided,” Herzet said.
Herzet, who has been with the Sheriff’s Office for 24 years, says his next step is to continue the good work performed by his office, as well as expand the reserves and move forward with a program called Senior Patrol.
“I’m going to work at 8 a.m. and (I’m going to) continue to lead the Sheriff’s Office and make it the best in the state,” Herzet said.
The Butler County sheriff’s race got controversial when Enterkin criticized Herzet’s handling of a jail death in 2007.
At the time, Herzet was a sheriff’s detective and conducted a joint investigation of the death with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.
Enterkin could not be reached for comment.
In Sumner County, voters elected Darren Chambers for sheriff in the primary.
Incumbent Chambers received 1,871 votes; his opponent, Gerald Gilkey, received 743 votes.
Chambers replaced his opponent as sheriff last August when Gilkey stepped down for another job.
The two winners in the Republican primary face no opponent in November’s general election.