James “Jimmy” Hendrix has announced he is running for Ashe County Sheriff next year.

The Jefferson Post reports Hendrix has 24 years of law enforcement experience including 18 years as the Ashe Memorial Hospital's Chief of Police and  and served as an officer with the West Jefferson Police Department from 1993-1997.

Hendrix, a 1988 Beaver Creek High School graduate, attended Appalachian State University, served with the North Carolina Army National Guard’s 1450th Transportation Company in support of Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.