Oktibbeha County Sheriff Dolph Bryan, 68, is currently seeking re-election. Bryan is a lifelong resident of Oktibbeha County and served as a deputy sheriff for three years before first being elected sheriff in 1976.
Sheriff Bryan is married to Greta Bryan and together they have four children and eleven grandchildren. He is a Presbyterian, a 33rd degree Mason, a Shriner, a member of the Starkville Samaritan Club and past president of the Starkville Breakfast Exchange Club.
Sheriff Bryan is past chairman of the board of directors of the Mississippi Sheriffs Boys and Girls Ranches and he is on the board of directors of the Palmer Home for Children. He is a member of the Mississippi/Tennessee Law Enforcement Officers Association, the Mississippi Sheriffs Association and the FBI National Academy Associates. Bryan is chairman of the board of directors of the Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee for the Northern District of Mississippi, and he is also chairman of the board of directors for the Anti-Terrorist Task Force for the Northern District under the direction of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
In announcing his candidacy for Oktibbeha County Sheriff, Dolph Bryan made the following statement:
“With 35 years of service as Oktibbeha County Sheriff under my belt, I believe I am still the most qualified man for the job.
“Being a sheriff is a demanding job, and the first commitment must be to effective law enforcement. However, a sheriff must also carry out the challenging budgeting and personnel functions that go along with the day-to-day operation of a large staff and two jails. In a time of skyrocketing gas prices, grant money was secured to convert patrol cars to run on propane. The money saved on gasoline is instead used to fight crime.
“I have a good working relationship with people in this county as well as surrounding counties. This network is very important. When information concerning crimes or other situations is needed, I know people I trust to give me important information. It takes years to build a network like this. I also have an extensive network of people that is not only local, but statewide and nationwide. I maintain a good working relationship with other law enforcement agencies and government officials. This brings our department a wealth of knowledge and assistance as we exchange information and ideas.
“I believe drugs are the nation’s, and the county’s, biggest criminal problem. Our nation is experiencing the largest and most aggressive surge of criminal activity in history. In my opinion, drugs are the cause of this. Because of drugs, many other crimes are committed in our community, including burglary, grand larceny, robbery, aggravated assault and murder. It is my desire to continue to lead the fight against these crimes in our county.
“When re-elected as your sheriff, my goal will be to keep all citizens, and their property, as safe and secure as possible with the manpower and resources at my disposal.
“Throughout my tenure as sheriff I have worked hard to be worthy of the trust placed in me by the voters of Oktibbeha County. I earnestly solicit your vote and support so that I can continue to work for firm, fair and progressive law enforcement,” Bryan said.