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