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Nashville man to run for Sheriff
A Nashville man has announced his intentions to run for Nash County Sheriff in 2014.

Stanley Griffin, better known as “Big Grif,” is getting out in the community and talking to citizens, hoping to find out their wishes for the county’s new sheriff.

Nash County Sheriff Dick Jenkins announced last year that he would not seek re-election when his term expires next year. Not long after Jenkins’ announcement, retired Highway Patrol Captain Keith Stone announced his intentions to run for sheriff.

Griffin, who has lived in Nash County 15 years and in Nashville since 2010, said he is a firm believer in giving back to the community. In becoming Nash County’s next sheriff, he feels like he can make a difference.

“I want to be in a position to help,” Griffin said.

Griffin has been in law enforcement over 16 years, working for the Edgecombe County Sherriff’s Office and Rocky Mount Police Department. He was terminated from the Rocky Mount Police Department due to a conflict of interest with his recording studio, Iron Fist Entertainment.

Griffin said he was working with young men who his supervisor at the time felt were “thugs and criminals.” But Griffin said he was trying to help them stay out of trouble by keeping them in the studio recording music. Griffin said he has no regrets about what he chose to do and would do it again.

“I believe in what I was terminated for,” he said. “I think it’s important when we are in a position to affect people’s lives, we do just that.”

“Kids are impressionable,” Griffin added. “In order to change them, you have to bring them in a new environment.”

The issue was taken to federal court, Griffin said, and an agreement was worked out between him and Rocky Mount.

Since leaving law enforcement, Griffin has served as a bail bondsman for the past six years.

“It runs parallel with law enforcement,” he said.

He also continues to operate his recording studio.

“Music is my passion,” Griffin said. “Music is one of the things that can cross all barriers.”

In both, Griffin has strived to give back to the community.  Each year, for Thanksgiving, Griffin partners with others in the Rocky Mount community to feed the homeless. He’s been doing that for five years and said each year it gets bigger. Because it’s making such an impact, Griffin said he plans to do it as long as he is able.

Griffin said as a bail bondsman, he sees a lot and knows the problems in the communities. Griffin said if elected sheriff, he would put more patrols in neighborhoods during the day.

“If we’re more visible in patrolling our areas, we’re proactive,” he said. “Nash County’s too big to be reactive.”

Griffin said he would not be big on traffic because he feels that should be left up to the Highway Patrol and municipality’s departments.

“We need to be protecting people,” Griffin said.

Griffin said as sheriff, he’d also like to work harder to check schools and keep them safer.

Griffin said he wants to be the type of sheriff people can feel comfortable talking to.

“I want to be that person you can talk to about anything at anytime,” he said. “There is no such thing as a problem too small. I think those things are important to people.” 

Griffin said he hopes to spend the next several months getting out and about in the community getting to know Nash County citizens. He said he is willing to attend meet and greets for organizations that want to get to know him.

“I love people,” he said. “I love helping people.”

Griffin also said he hopes to work with communities and other law enforcement agencies to fight crime.

“I don’t want to be the sheriff for this area or that area,” he said. “I want to be the Sheriff of Nash County.”

“When you look at the candidates, look at their hearts and where they want to take the county,” Griffin added. “I don’t have a lot of money but I have a lot of time. And time is more important than money.”

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