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Ed Troyer wins race for Pierce County Sheriff

Public Information Officer Ed Troyer went up against Pierce County Sheriff Lieutenant Cyndie Fajardo for the position of Pierce County sheriff this November.

Pierce County Sheriff public information officer Ed Troyer defeated Lieutenant Cyndie Fajardo for Pierce County sheriff in the November general election.

As of Tuesday night, Troyer won with 66% of the vote, and Fajardo polled in with 34%.

The seat for Pierce County sheriff is open after Sheriff Paul Pastor announced his retirement.

Troyer currently serves as the public information officer for the Pierce County Sheriff's Department. While he has no previous elected office experience, he has been with the department for 35 years. Troyer spent 15 years as detective, 10 years on patrol and 19 years as the public information officer.

In his official elections statement, Troyer said, "I'm running to keep you and your family safe. Our Sheriff's Department has a strong history of public trust, integrity and transparency. I've worked alongside Sheriff Pastor for 15 years and I am prepared to lead. I know our department from top to bottom. I'll continue what we do well. I'll make changes were we can do better." 

Fajardo is a 32-year veteran of the Pierce County Sheriff's Department and is currently a lieutenant. She served as president of the Pierce County Deputy Sheriff's Guild from 2006-2015. 

"Choosing a new Sheriff can be a difficult challenge," said Fajardo in her official elections statement, "Cyndie is certainly not a career politician and she is definitely not a career spokesperson. But more importantly Cyndie Fajardo is a career law enforcement officer with an exceptional record of accomplishment in numerous leadership positions." 

Fajardo has also served in multiple leadership and supervisory capacities, such as Task Force Leader for the Washington Urban Search and Rescue; FEMA Incident Support Team; Officer for the Washington State Search and Rescue Coordinators Association.