MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

November 7, 2012

Wagoner County sheriff, county commissioner keep jobs

By Wendy Burton
Phoenix Staff Writer

— Newly re-elected Wagoner County Sheriff Bob Colbert said he had a 10-year plan in mind when he was first elected in 2008.

Since then, Colbert has said he feels like he’s several years ahead of where he thought he’d be.

“We’re shooting for 40 people in the department, and we’ve done a really good job shooting down crime,” he said. “And, of course, we want to keep doing that — don’t drop the ball, just keep doing our job.”

Colbert said his winning margin in Tuesday’s election tells him the people of Wagoner County are happy with the job he’s doing, so far.

“When you have a plan like that and you keep winning by these numbers it just says we have the support of the people. And with their support, we can accomplish these things,” he said.

Colbert won the vote nearly three to one, with 20,370 votes, or 72 percent, to opponent James Carver’s 7,928 votes, or 28 percent.

“We’ve run a good race, a clean race,” he said. “Now we’re ready to move on. We’re looking forward to the next four years.”

Colbert also won the Republican primary by a large margin, 70 percent of the vote, ending the race for challengers Allen Street and Tim Guinn.

District 2 County Commissioner Chris Edwards won his second term with 4,898 votes, or 56 percent in Wagoner County, to opponent Bob Snodgrass’ 3,847 votes, or 44 percent.

Edwards said he’ll continue to work toward goals he formed during his first term, including bridge work and more.

“Our goal is to replace some more of our wood-top bridges with steel and concrete ones and continue to improve and add safety features to our roads,” he said.

Additionally, the county has plans in conjunction with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation to put a traffic light on U.S. 69 and Whitehorn Cove Road within the next six to eight months.

“We also have some more lights and signals going on railroad tracks in the near future and more asphalt preservation projects in the works,” he said.

Reach Wendy Burton at (918) 684-2926 or wburton@muskogeephoenix.com.