CHANDLER — Law enforcement experience isn't in short supply with two Republican candidates running for Lincoln County sheriff. But one candidate has been inside the courtroom more than the other because of money woes.
Jimmy Nash, 40, of Prague, and W. Scott Donovan, 49, of Carney, will face off in the primary election Tuesday. The winner will take on incumbent Sheriff Charlie Doughtery, a Democrat, in the general election Nov. 6.
Donovan, a U.S. Army veteran, worked as a U.S. State Department civilian police contractor when riots erupted in Kosovo in 2004 and in Iraq and Afghanistan where he helped build local police forces.
He returned home from Afghanistan in 2009.
“I've been exposed to a lot of ideas, and I'm not locked into the same old ways of doing things,” Donovan said.
While out of the country, he also learned valuable lessons in religion and cultural tolerance and grew to appreciate the United States even more, he said.
Donovan's most recent job in Oklahoma was as a Lincoln County sheriff's deputy. He's also been chief of police in Carney, and a patrolman, investigator and a shift supervisor at various departments.
“A lot of people have told me they want the department here to be more proactive and with better response times,” he said. “I believe the people need a courteous respectful response from law enforcement, and I'd like to make it a more professional department.”
Donovan and his wife filed for bankruptcy in 1997, court records show. At the time, Donovan said he was working two jobs and trying to make ends meet.