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GBI agent J.T. Ricketson says he's running for Bibb County sheriff

He says he'll retire from the GBI to run as a Republican against Sheriff David Davis

MACON, Ga. — A veteran GBI investigator says he plans to run for sheriff of Bibb County.

J.T. Ricketson told 13WMAZ that he's retiring from the GBI to run in this year's election. 

He attended Tuesday's 13WMAZ's election Listening Lab event at East Macon's Rosa Jackson Recreation Center.

Sheriff David Davis has taken out papers to run for a third term as the county's chief law-enforcement officer.

As of Tuesday morning, Thomas Gillon with the board of elections said Ricketson had not.

Since 2014, Ricketson has been special agent in charge of the GBI's Perry office. 

The office investigates crimes in Ben Hill, Bibb, Crawford, Dooly, Houston, Irwin, Peach, Turner, Twiggs, Wilcox counties.

He's helped lead GBI investigations into some high-profile cases, like the 2017 arrests in the murder of Irwin County teacher Tara Grinstead.

The sheriff's race is a partisan election. Davis is a longtime Democrat, and Ricketson say he'll run as a Republican. 

He has recently attended some Bibb County Republican events to talk about running.

Candidates for the county election can qualify March 2-6. The party primaries are May 19 and the final vote will be held on Nov. 3.

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