PORTSMOUTH -- Sheriff Bill Watson has won re-election and will serve a third term as Portsmouth sheriff. He was one of our candidates vying for the job.

He took nearly 60% of the vote. The second highest vote getter was David Cherry with nearly 22%.

'It was a long fought race and I like I said I'm just glad it's over,' Watson said.

The incumbent, 65-year-old William 'Bill' Watson, was elected eight years ago and is no stranger to controversy.

The sheriff was under scrutiny recently for his inmate release program. Watson acknowledges he paid inmates in his custody to work on his home. The claims were investigated and no charges were ever filed.

Watson has also had his day in federal court; he faced a federal lawsuit after staff members in his department strip searched female employees. Watson won the lawsuit.

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