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LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – A member of the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office will retire in December and run for sheriff.

Chief Deputy Fred Sloss announced Tuesday that he will join a large field of candidates on the Republican primary ballot.

Sloss, who has been chief deputy since 2016, is an East Limestone High School graduate and has also been a DARE officer, lieutenant director of youth services, and patrol captain for the Sheriff’s Office.

Prior to joining the Sheriff’s Office, Sloss served in the U.S. Navy, graduating from U.S. Navy Recruit School and the U.S. Army Intelligence School.

Within the community, Sloss represents the Alabama Peace Officers Association, serving as 20th District Vice President, as well as serving on the board of directors for Hospice of Limestone County, and being a member of the American Legion and American Veterans Alabama Post 21.

Five other people will be on the Republican primary ballot.

The primary election will be held on May 24, 2022. As of Tuesday, nobody has filed to run on the Democratic ballot.