Mark Butler was elected Warren County’s newest sheriff by a margin of nearly 2,000 votes.

The unofficial results, according to the Virginia Department of Elections website, were: Butler, an independent, with 5,087 votes; Republican nominee Jason Poe with 3,284 votes; Democrat Jorge Amselle with 1,631 votes; and independent Mickey Licklider with 1,588 votes.

Butler, an Army veteran, was employed by the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office before joining the Herndon Police Department, from which he recently retired.

He will replace Sheriff Mike Arnold, who assumed the position in May upon former Sheriff Daniel McEathron’s retirement.

McEathron, who served as sheriff for 16 years, committed suicide shortly after his retirement. That was about two months after the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority accused him of being involved in a multi-million dollar embezzlement scandal.

During a candidate’s forum, Butler said Warren County will “never be embarrassed again by our Sheriff’s Office" if he is elected.

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