WINCHESTER — Former Frederick County Sheriff Robert T. Williamson has endorsed Winchester Sheriff’s Office Maj. and Chief Deputy Allen Sibert for county sheriff in the Nov. 5 election.
Sibert, the Republican nominee, is challenging incumbent Sheriff Lenny Millholland, who is running for a second four-year term as an independent.
Williamson served as the county’s sheriff from 1992 until his retirement in 2015.
In the November 2015 election, Williamson, a Republican, endorsed Millholland over Republican candidate Terry Bohan, saying he believed Millholland had a better knowledge of the community and the Sheriff’s Office.
But a Friday post on Sibert’s campaign Facebook page showed that Millholland has lost Williamson’s support.
“I’m endorsing Allen Sibert because he is who is needed for the challenges our county faces,” Williamson said in the post. “I believe in Allen, his vision and ability to lead is why I brought him to Frederick County. I supported Lenny in 2015, but he has not lived up to the expectations that the Sheriff’s Office needs. I truly believe Allen is the effective manager we need now.”
“It’s a phenomenal endorsement which is just one of many to come,” Sibert said in a phone interview. “I’m very humbled to get Sheriff Williamson’s endorsement. I can’t say enough and I can’t thank him enough for supporting me. It sends the message that I am the leader that the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office needs.”
Williamson could not be reached for further comment.
Over the weekend, Sibert also was endorsed by Winchester Sheriff Les Taylor, who is his boss.