HOUSTON COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — A familiar face in law enforcement for more than three decades has formally declared his candidacy on Friday for Houston County sheriff.

Officer Randy Anderson says he’s the most qualified man to be the next sheriff of Houston County.

At the end of 2017, he retired from the HCSO after 30 years of service. Currently, he serves as a part-time sworn reserve officer in the Dothan City Elementary Schools.

When Anderson was with the sheriff’s office, he was a patrol shift supervisor, had been with SWAT, and was the longtime DARE officer providing anti-drug education to young people.

“And what is see going on in our communities and nationwide and everything, I just don’t feel like I’m ready to pack my bags and go to the house and that’s it,” Anderson said. “I think I have a lot more to offer Houston County.”

As of now, Anderson and incumbent Sheriff Donald Valenza are the only declared candidates for the seat. They will square off in the Houston County Republican primary in May of 2022.