David Reynolds, the chief deputy for the Essex County Sheriff’s Office, announced Tuesday he plans to run for sheriff in this fall’s general election.

Reynolds, a Westport resident, will seek the Republican ballot line as he vies to replace Sheriff Richard Cutting.

Cutting has opted not to seek re-election this year.

Reynolds is the department’s chief deputy and major and has been with the agency since 1999.

Reynolds said in a news release that he hopes to increase training and focus law enforcement resources on drug abuse, domestic violence, child abuse and sexual abuse.

“We have a whole department of competent, professional deputies and correction officers,” he said in a news release. “I want to ensure that, as sheriff, I surround myself with good employees so that I can empower them through education and training to do their jobs effectively.”

“Short of Sheriff Cutting running again, there is no one in Essex County with greater experience and commitment than me,” Reynolds added.

He is the second candidate to publicly announce he will run for the post that Cutting is departing.

Essex County County Undersheriff Michael Badger also has announced he plans to run.

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