MILLER COUNTY, Ark. (KTAL/KMSS) – Miller County voters elected a new sheriff in Tuesday’s Arkansas primary runoff.

Miller County natives Stephen Ward and Wayne Easley were the top two vote-getters in Arkansas’ May GOP primary election. Easley won Tuesday’s runoff with 1,816 (59%) to Ward’s 1,265 (41%).

Because there were Democratic challengers for the seat, Easley is the next sheriff and will take office in January 2023.

“I’ve lived in Miller County my entire life, my family lives here, I have children here raising their families here,” Easley said after the primary election in May. “I want the citizens of Miller County to be safe as well as I want my family to be safe,” said Easley. “If elected sheriff, I’ll be a proactive sheriff, not a reactive sheriff.”

Sheriff Jackie Runion did not seek reelection.

Also in Miller County Tuesday, Jeffrey Page won the Republican primary for Justice of the Peace, Dist. 7 with 183 votes (61%) to primary challenger Roy Pitt’s 116 (39%).

The polls in Arkansas closed at 7:30 p.m. Click here for primary election results in Southwest Arkansas.