Jail captain enters Walla Walla County sheriff race

Capt. Jim Romine is the third candidate in the race to replace retiring Sheriff Mike Humphreys.

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WALLA WALLA -- The race for the Walla Walla County sheriff's seat now has a third candidate in the running.

Jim Romine, who is currently a sheriff's captain and commander of the Corrections Division, said he intends to seek election to the office. Romine will run against John Turner and Sheriff's Capt. Bill White for the seat being vacated by the retirement of Sheriff Mike Humphreys.

"When Sheriff Humphreys announced his retirement, I thought long and hard and decided to run for sheriff," Romine said in a release. "I have been fortunate in my career to gain the breadth of experience I believe the sheriff needs. I know every corner of Walla Walla and I wish to have the opportunity to serve the county as its sheriff."

A Prescott resident, Romine is a graduate of Prescott High School and a U.S. Navy veteran, serving from 1970 to 1976.

"When I got out of the Navy, I knew exactly what I wanted to do: work for the Sheriff's Office," Romine said. His career has included serving as resident deputy in Burbank from 1979 to 1992, during which he was promoted to sergeant in 1985. He started the sheriff's K-9 program in 1983, is certified by the Washington State Patrol as a Narcotics Master Trainer and has worked as a marine patrol officer and aerial marijuana eradication spotter.

After being promoted to captain in 1998, he was assigned as commander of the Corrections Division and has supervised expansion of the County Jail from 50 beds to 115 beds. Romine said that during the 12 years he has managed the jail, the facility has finished ever year under budget.

Andy Porter can be reached at andyporter@wwub.com or 526-8318. Check out his blog at blogs.ublabs.org/randomthoughts.
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