Sullivan County Sheriff Wayne Anderson has admitted to sending text messages containing profanity, derogatory comments about his opponent, and threats of firing employees.
The texts, which have been shared on social media, include threats against sheriff’s office employees who are not supporting him this election and harsh words about his political opponent Jeff Cassidy, who is running for sheriff as an independent.
In one message, referring to Cassidy, Anderson wrote, “I would put him in jail at the drop of the hat.” In others, he refers to him as a “crazy man”, “ass wipe”, and “devil”. One message calls Cassidy’s supporters “Satan worshipers.”
In some messages, Anderson mentions firing sheriff’s office employees who support Cassidy.
Other messages mention former NFL player and mayoral candidate Gerald Sensabaugh, calling him a “decrepit old retired football player.”
A spokesperson with the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office sent us this statement from Anderson:
“I am aware of the recent text messages floating around social media. This conversation was on my own time and I apologize for any material that could have been seen as offensive. These past nine months I have been under a great amount of stress, and I was venting to a person I have known for years and trusted. For the last 20 years, I have faithfully and honorably served the citizens of Sullivan County. Pending approval, we have achieved great success in the addition of school resource officers for all of our county schools, and have been working diligently to fight the drug epidemic and jail overcrowding issues. With the continued support of the community, we will keep Sullivan County safe and prosperous.”
-Sheriff Wayne Anderson