FALLS COUNTY, Texas — Joe Lopez defeated incumbent Sheriff Ricky Scaman in the race for Falls County Sheriff, the Falls County elections office confirmed Tuesday night.
Lopez took 3,267 votes compared to 2,314 for Scaman.
Lopez has been in law enforcement since 1984. He was born and raised in Marlin.
Falls County Commissioners passed a resolution in September to hand over control of the sheriff's office from Scaman to his chief deputy. The move was in response to the charges Scaman faces, including sexual assault and assault on a public servant.
Scaman was arrested by Texas Rangers on Sept. 21. A Falls County Grand Jury indicted him on one count of sexual assault, two counts of assault public servant and two counts of official oppression.
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