Challenger unseats longtime Marshall County sheriff

MARSHALL COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - Marshall County will have a new sheriff in November.

Incumbent Sheriff Scott Walls lost to Phil Sims in Tuesday's GOP primary. There is no Democrat nominee, meaning Sims will take over as sheriff at the end of Walls' term.

Walls has been sheriff 2006. This will complete his third term and 38 years in law enforcement.

Walls ran as a Democrat his entire tenure until switching to the Republican ticket this year.

Sims, a 23 year law enforcement veteran, is currently a drug agent with the Etowah County Sheriff's Office.

"Cared about the community and wants to get out and work in the communities and make the sheriff's office a part of their community. To get out and help especially with the drug problems and so forth, which is something I'm very passionate about," said Sims. "I'm very passionate about getting our drug prevention classes in our schools and knocking down the drug demand as well as the supply in Marshall County."

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Walls' loss comes on the heels of problems with a major drug roundup by his office. Almost 100 suspects were arrested in May, But prosecutors dismissed one of the cases due to faulty video evidence and a review was ordered for all of the cases. That was followed by a judge ordering the release of any of those suspects from jail and the defendants were not required to attend drug and alcohol testing pending the outcome of the review, which is still ongoing.

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