Roanoke City voters decide they want a new sheriff.
Two-term sheriff, republican Octavia Johnson faced independent Travis Akins and democrat Tim Allen.
Allen took the race by about a thousand votes.
He says the community should expect more progressive ideas from the Roanoke City's Sheriff's Office.
He went into retirement in the spring just to prepare for the race.
He spent more than 20 years as a deputy in the sheriff's office and the last 5 years Virginia Western Jail.
Allen says the support has been humbling.