Atkins elected to replace Lucas as Clark County sheriff

first_imgElection results in state and Clark County races can be found at www.columbian.com/election.Experience trumped idealism in the race for Clark County sheriff. Retired sheriff’s commander Chuck Atkins, a Republican, received 55.8 percent of the vote to nonpartisan Shane Gardner’s 44 percent, according to early election returns. “I’m very happy,” Atkins said Tuesday night. “The people are saying they’re ready to follow me. I need to buck up, get in there and do the right things.”Gardner, a sergeant who has worked for the sheriff’s office for 16 years, positioned himself as a candidate with new ideas. He focused on community-based policing, improvements to mental health and building partnerships with nonprofit groups.While the social service sector supported Gardner, more traditional bastions of law enforcement backed Atkins. Undersheriff Joe Dunegan, Prosecuting Attorney Tony Golik, Corrections Chief Ric Bishop and the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs all endorsed Atkins, who worked for the sheriff’s office for 35 years.last_img read more