Kevin “Chappy” Hynes will challenge incumbent Sheriff Scott Berry in the 2016 election.

Hynes is most well known as the previous Fellowship of Christian Athletes chaplain of the University of Georgia football team. He is married to Mark Richt’s sister. Hynes is currently the chaplain to the basketball team at UGA, and until recently he was a reserve deputy and chaplain for the Oconee County’s Sheriff’s Office.

Hynes said he hopes to bring “a fresh model of leadership, a renewed vision and a motivated mission” to the Sheriff’s Office. 

Hynes was in law enforcement in Florida in the 1990s. He earned an associate’s degree in criminal justice and later a bachelor’s in biblical studies. He served with the United States Marine Corps.

In 2013 he graduated from the Police Academy in Athens, earning top cadet and top shot honors.

Hynes said, “I believe my education, military and law enforcement experiences, coupled with my years on campus dealing with a variety of people in a variety of situations does give me a unique perspective on how to lead. As your sheriff I will hold those who choose to break the law accountable, while maintaining the compassion to serve those who are victims of a crime.”

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