Final ballots were counted Wednesday in the Prince William County sheriff's race, and Republican incumbent Glen Hill appears to have eked out a victory over Democratic challenger Joshua King.
With all precincts reporting, Hill, seeking his fifth term, had 56,242 votes, or 45.3%, giving him a 775-vote lead over King, who had 55,483 votes, or 44.6%. Independent candidate Rhonda Dickson received 12,414 votes,or 10%.
All results are unofficial until certified by the State Board of Elections later this week or early next week.
The sheriff represents Prince William County as well as the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park and all the towns in the county. The sheriff ’s office provides security at the county’s courthouse, transports prisoners and patients and serves civil paperwork, including subpoenas and eviction notices. The office has over 100 employees.
Hill was first elected sheriff in 2003. The Army veteran has more than five decades of experience in law enforcement in the county and Manassas.
King is a deputy sheriff in Fairfax County, a general law enforcement instructor and also an Army veteran. He ran in the Democratic primary for Virginia delegate representing the 2nd House District in 2017 and narrowly lost his bid for the same seat in the general election in 2015.
Dickson’s law enforcement experience includes working for Prince William County Police Department and the county’s sheriff’s office. She is an Air Force veteran and previously served in the Air National Guard.