Raphael Washington selected as next Wayne County Sheriff

Raphael Washington Wayne County Sheriff
Posted at 11:58 AM, Jan 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-15 11:58:21-05

(WXYZ) — A three-person panel in Wayne County has selected Raphael "Ray" Washington to be the next Wayne County Sheriff.

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The panel consisted of Prosecutor Kym Worthy, Judge Freddie Burton and Clerk Cathy Garrett, and they interviewed 14 sheriffs candidates earlier this week. The panel voted 2-0 in favor of Washington with Burton abstaining.

Washington was previously a deputy chief in the department, and will now lead it after the death of Benny Napoleon from COVID-19 a month ago.

Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans released the following statement regarding the appointment of Washington:

"I congratulate Raphael Washington on his selection to be Sheriff of Wayne County. We have some very challenging times ahead. It is essential that Wayne County’s leaders continue working together as a team to safeguard the health, safety and economic stability of our community. I know Raphael understands this and is prepared to meet these challenges head-on.

The loss of Benny Napoleon cannot be overstated. He was a close friend and an outstanding public servant who simply cannot be replaced. But I do look forward to working closely with our new sheriff on behalf of Wayne County.

I also want to thank Wayne County Chief Probate Judge Freddie Burton, Prosecutor Kym Worthy, and Clerk Cathy Garrett for their service in selecting our new sheriff."