Former Deputy Files For Johnston County Sheriff

Former Johnston County Deputy Sheriff William “Bill” Burgess filed Monday afternoon on the Republican ticket to challenge incumbent Sheriff Steve Bizzell.

Burgess (center) was joined by his wife Carolyn (right) and his campaign manager Blake Bizzell (left) at the Johnston County Board of Elections Office in Smithfield.

Burgess, 50, a native of Washington, NC worked with the Angier Police Department from 1990-1993, Clayton Police Department from 1993-1996, Wake County Sheriff’s Office from 1996-2016, and the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office from 2016-2017.

Burgess and his wife have a 9 year-old son, Jake, three stepchildren, Terah, Meghan and Keith, as well as three step-grandchildren.

“I am a career law enforcement officer and not a politician,” Burgess said. “I have served for approximately 27 years in law enforcement and have dedicated my life to the profession and to serving others.”

Sheriff Bizzell, also a Republican, filed Monday and is seeking his 6th term.   The two candidates will challenge one another in the May 8th Republican Primary.

The filing period for local offices remains open until Noon on Monday, Feb. 26th.



  1. Bill Burgess is as unstable as they come. This county would literally fall apart if he was in charge of anything. Even worse with the help of copboy. If Burgess wins I’m moving my family out of joco and into Harnett you better believe that.

    • Sir, I would think twice before you slander and libel Mr. Burgess name and talk about things that you have no clue about. You are opening yourself up to a defamation of character and or libel lawsuit with your fake news.

      People also said that they were going to move out of the country when Trump won also. My suggestion to you is to get your bags packed.

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