Two more local law-enforcement officers have expressed keen interest in running for jailer, upping to six the number of possible candidates who may try to unseat incumbent jailer Mike Harris next year.
One of the latest potential candidates for jailer already has hat in hand to toss in the ring.
“I definitely will be a candidate for jailer,” said Anthony McCollum, a retired major and acting chief of the Somerset Police Department and currently a school resource officer for the Pulaski County School District.
“I’ve been thinking a long time about running for jailer,” said McCollum, “I’ve been in public service all my life and I would like to continue my service,” he said. This would be McCollum’s first try at an elective office.
Ferguson Police Chief David Moss said he is “considering” the race for jailer.
A seasoned candidate who has tested political waters in the past, Moss said he is thinking about running for jailer “ ... because of what I did four years ago and possible effects of the situation as it is now.”
Harris beat Moss 8,591 to 4,947 in the 2010 GOP primary election for jailer. The “situation as it is now” to which Moss refers is a civil rights violation lawsuit recently filed against Harris by an ex-assistant. Harris said he definitely will seek a third term.
Moss finished third in a contest for sheriff in 1985 when Sam Catron, a former deputy sheriff and chief of police at Ferguson, upset Sheriff John Adams in the GOP primary election for sheriff. Catron was assassinated April 13, 2002 at a campaign rally in Shopville while seeking a fifth term as sheriff.
Other possible candidates for jailer include Mike “Wally” Wallace, constable in Pulaski County’s 5th District; Michael Hall, a retired special investigator with the State Office of Special Investigations; Rodney Dick, a Nancy farmer who has worked for the Pulaski County Road Department for the past 25 years; and Gary “Ed” Cromer, owner of Cromer Builders Inc.
So far, all potential candidates for jailer are Republicans. Filing Petitions of Election begins November 6, and the filing deadline for most local candidates is January 28. Primary Election Day is May 20.