Dover City Councilman Brian E. Lewis announced his candidacy for Kent County sheriff.

“It is with great enthusiasm that I throw my hat in the ring to become the next sheriff of Kent County,” Lewis said. “I have dedicated my entire personal and professional life to making a positive impact on the lives of others. Being a law enforcement officer and Dover city councilman has provided me with a great opportunity to meet and make a difference in the lives of individuals and families from all walks of life in the city of Dover and across Delaware.”

Lewis is in his 13th year with the Delaware Department of Correction, where he started as a correction officer assigned to Howard R. Young Correctional Institution. He worked throughout the correction system and worked his way up through the ranks of corporal, sergeant and instructor. Lewis is currently entrusted with the initial training of cadets at the department’s Employee Development Center and refresher training for existing staff. Prior to serving in Delaware, he was an investigator with the New Jersey Superior Court and police officer with the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C.

Before becoming a councilman, Lewis served on the board of education for the Capital School District, including one year as vice president. He served on the Dover Human Relations Commission and was involved with assisting nonprofit organizations, including the Dover Interfaith Mission for Housing, Delaware Special Olympics, Dover Volunteer Fire Department, Dover Police Athletic League, the Delaware Multicultural and Civic Organization and the Kent County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Lewis was recognized in 2013 by a former New York City mayor for his assistance, support and humanitarian efforts during and after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and was the recipient of 2013 Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Award and the 2014 Jefferson Award for Public Service.

“As a community-oriented leader, my goals for the sheriff’s office are to proactively inform and educate Kent County’s Citizens of the processes and procedures related to sheriff sales, foreclosures, civil fees, subpoenas, levies and other legal notices,” Lewis said. “I would like to develop monthly public workshops for our community, enhance technology to improve customer service and streamline office practices, increase training for sheriff’s office employees and improve the equipment/technology available to all deputies. I will be a ‘hands-on sheriff’ that promotes high standards, accountability, integrity and professionalism. A sheriff for the people."

If elected, Lewis would have to resign from the Dover City Council to serve in County Office.