YOUNGSTOWN - Former police Chief Jimmy Hughes made it official Tuesday, saying he will run in the Democratic primary to replace Sheriff Randall Wellington.
Hughes, who made his announcement at the Youngstown Club, said he has more experience than any of the other three candidates interested in the job and said his burning passion for law enforcement made him decide to abandon his short-lived retirement from the Youngstown Police Department.
''I don't see anyone else who has my passion or my experience to do this job,'' Hughes said.
Jimmy Hughes makes candidacy official.
Hughes spent 35 years on the force, serving as chief from 2005 to Sept. 1, when he retired to remain eligible to be in the state's Delayed Retirement Option Program, or DROP.
Also taking out petitions are sheriff's Capt. Jerry Greene, retired Chief Deputy James Lewandowski and Poland Township police Chief Brian Goodin.
Dec. 7 is the deadline to file for the primary.
Tribune Chronicle / Joe Gorman
Former Youngstown police Chief Jimmy Hughes announces Tuesday he will run in the 2012 Democratic primary for Mahoning County sheriff.
Current sheriff and former Youngstown police chief, Wellington announced earlier this year he will not seek re-election in 2012. Wellington was appointed sheriff by the Mahoning County Democratic Party in 1999, taking the place of Phil Chance, who was convicted on federal corruption charges.
Hughes said one of the reasons he wants to be sheriff is because he misses going to work every day.
''My experience and training is like a switch I can not turn off,'' Hughes said.
Hughes said he will wage a ''vigorous'' campaign that will stress his experience and training, including running a large department on a tight budget.