Deborah Burchett defeats Gene Kelly in Clark County Sheriff’s race

Clark Co. Sheriff Gene Kelly's briefing on missing girl.

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – Longtime sheriff in Clark County, Gene Kelly, has been voted out as the sheriff Tuesday.

Kelly has been The Clark County sheriff since 1987 – and has been unseated by Republican Deborah Burchett.

Kelly started with the Springfield Police Division in 1972 as a police cadet.

Burchett was a Deputy Sheriff for the Clark County Sheriff’s Department from Oct. 6, 1982 until Feb. 4, 2002 when she was promoted to Sergeant, according to her campaign website. She was the first female Sergeant in the detective’s unit in Clark County. She remained a Sergeant until her retirement from the department on May 1, 2011, according to her site. Most recently she worked as a police officer in South Vienna.

The Clark County Sheriff’s is in charge of 200 staff members that oversees the command deputies, county jail, emergency dispatch center and the court bailiffs.  Burchett will take over the ranks in Clark County January 8th. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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