Nelson County, Virginia
Within hours of the retirement announcement by Nelson County Sheriff David Brooks, his chief investigator Lt. Billy Mays made it official they he will be running for Nelson County Sheriff.
“I decided to run for a variety of reasons. Early in my career I always knew I would advance, but wasn’t sure I’d ever be in a position to run for sheriff. There were always too many people ahead of me. This opportunity has presented itself and I’ve decided to go with it,” Mays told BRL Wednesday afternoon by phone.
Lt. Mays got his start in Central Virginia law enforcement back in 2000, first as a road deputy then as a criminal investigator and narcotics officer. He arrived at the Nelson County Sheriff’s office in 2010 and after a short time as a deputy advanced to the department’s chief investigator.
Lt. Mays was very involved and instrumental in the arrest and conviction of Randy Taylor in the Alexis Murphy case. A crime gaining international attention.
It’s early but I wanted people to know I will be running and I want to continue to work at making the department as respected as possible.
Lt. Mays said he will define more of his vision for the department in the coming weeks and months as the campaign swings into full motion.