MORGAN -- Neil Porter has dropped out of the race for Morgan County sheriff, leaving Blaine Breshears unopposed in November to replace current Sheriff Gene Ercanbrack.
Porter said he decided to continue in his job as a Davis County deputy sheriff.
"It was a shock to me when I found out that he withdrew, but I'm looking forward to serving the citizens of Morgan County. It's going to be fun," Breshears said.
Breshears, 42, wants to use the time he would have spent campaigning to now work on a smooth transition into the office.
"It's budget time and I'd like to be involved with that. I hope to work with Sheriff Ercanbrack until I take office," he said.
Breshears said his priority when he assumes office will be to integrate the department into the community.
"Our department needs to be more community involved. We need to have a positive working relationship between the officers and the community. We should not just patrol the neighborhoods but be a part of the fabric of the community. I'm adamant about community involvement," he said.
Breshears is a lifelong resident of the city of Morgan and has worked in the sheriff's department for 14 years, serving as a corporal, a sergeant, field training officer, firearms instructor, school resource officer and an instructor in the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program.
"I'm well known," he said. "I've been involved in a lot of functions. I know the challenges the community faces."