Longtime Nash County Sheriff Dick Jenkins is recovering from a stroke, sources report.
Jenkins, 71, suffered a minor stroke approximately two weeks ago and has been hospitalized in the Raleigh area since, sources close to the department said. Nash County Manager Zee Lamb said no deputy has been promoted to act in the sheriff’s stead.
“He remains the sheriff,” Lamb said. “He is in full communication with his office. Through his staff, he continues to manage the duties of sheriff.”
Citing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, Lamb declined to comment on Jenkins’ condition. According to a Wake Med Health & Hospitals spokeswoman, he is listed in good condition.
“It is a medical situation,” Lamb said. “I will respect his privacy and his family’s wishes.”
Jenkins was appointed to the post in 2005, elected in 2006 and re-elected in 2010. In 2012, he announced he would not seek re-election but retire to spend more time with his grandchildren.
“Everyone is wishing him a speedy recovery, including the commissioners and the county staff,” Lamb said. “We look forward to him returning to work in the very near future.
“Our prayers are with him and his family.”