While running for sheriff may have been a life long professional goal, Bill Watterson really began to consider actually running about five years ago. When he learned of Newton County Sheriff Joe Nichols' planned retirement, Watterson decided now was the time to finally follow his dream.
If elected sheriff, it would be just the third job for Watterson since high school. Before joining the NCSO 17 years ago, Watterson served in the U.S. Air Force. He now works as a field lieutenant in the criminal investigation division of the NCSO.
During his years of service with the NCSO, Watterson said he has worked in every department of the sheriff's office, a fact he believes would enhance his ability to be an effective sheriff.