MIDLAND, Texas (BIG 2/FOX24) Chief Deputy, Rory McKinney, for the Midland County Sheriff’s Office has announced he will be running for the position of Sheriff in the 2020 elections.
Dozens gathered at the Midland County Sheriff’s Office on Monday where he made the big announcement. It comes a month after the Midland County Commissioners voted to appoint Richard Gillette as the Acting Sheriff in June. That decision had received a lot of backlash from Midland residents.
“I think that the Commissioners weren’t listening that day for what the people wanted – what was expected,” explained Jennifer Painter. “I think today is a step forward in listening to the public, because the public, the people of Midland County, are the ones who elect the Sheriff.”
Commissioner, Randy Prude had stated they did not want to give any candidates a “leg up” in the 2020 election. However, many residents believed McKinney was next in line of command. They argued, saying McKinney would have been the late Sheriff Gary Painter’s choice.
“He would be proud of him. Very happy. He’d be sitting there going, ‘Good job!'” said Jennifer Painter.
McKinney has been an employee of the MSCO for 33 years, and during his time as employee, he learned from Painter and was his right hand man.
“The only thing I can do is to put my own bootprint in the same path that the Sheriff had,” said McKinney. “But as far as filling his shoes, I’ll never even try to do that.”