MIDLAND, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Midland County Chief Deputy Rory McKinney hosted his first “Meet and Greet” on Tuesday evening. He is running for the seat of Midland County Sheriff in the 2020 elections.
“He’s the best candidate that I’ve ever known to be Sheriff,” said Al Mitchell. “He knows what he’s doing, he spent his whole lifetime working for the Sheriff’s Office. He’s entitled to be the next Sheriff.”
Mitchell is a retired Texas Ranger who worked with McKinney’s father. He recalls his kids growing up with the McKinney family.
Rory McKinney threw his hat in the ring in July of 2019. His announcement came after much backlash following the Midland County Commissioners’ decision to appoint Richard Gillette as Acting Sheriff. Now many in the community are saying McKinney is the people’s choice.
“People are very excited because of the work that he does – what he stands for,” explained Commissioner Luis Sanchez. “We need consistency, and I think that’s what Rory represents.”
Campaign Manager, Alvin Navarrete, says he supports McKinney for his heart towards law enforcement officers.
“I guess you could say that he’s more of a people person. He’s one of those silent types of a people person.”
McKinney has been with the Midland County Sheriff’s Office for nearly 34 years. He says he is bringing the experience to the table.
“That’s over a half of my life carrying the Midland County Sheriff’s badge. I love Midland County, the community, the citizens. So. I just want to stay here and help the employees and help the citizens,” said McKinney.
He says making sure his deputies, inmates, and residents have access to all that they need is at the top of his priority list.
“Giving employees what they deserve in terms of equipment. Salary is a big thing. Our jail is getting overcrowded almost on a daily basis. So we really need to start studying and looking at that. And just helping the employees and helping the citizens.”