Catoosa County Manager Mike Helton and Maj. Gary Sisk are two of the first people to announce their candidacy to replace outgoing Sheriff Phil Summers, who said last week he will not seek re-election after serving as the county's top cop since 1991.
Profiles of both Helton and Sisk are on Page 2 of today's paper.
Candidates cannot qualify for inclusion on the ballot until May 23, but they can file paperwork necessary to accept campaign contributions.
Summers will serve through the remainder of 2012. Voters will choose his replacement during the Nov. 6 general election and the new sheriff will be sworn in January 2013 to fill a four-year term.