After 30 years, Mike Walsh will no longer head the New Castle County Sheriff’s Office.


Sheriff Mike, as he affectionately became known, was soundly defeated in Tuesday’s Democratic Primary by New Castle County Police Cpl. Trinidad Navarro.


After 30 years, Mike Walsh will no longer head the New Castle County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Mike, as he affectionately became known, was soundly defeated in Tuesday’s Democratic Primary by New Castle County Police Cpl. Trinidad Navarro.

Navarro, who said he would retire from the force after 19 ½ years should he be elected in November, received 63.3 percent of the vote to Walsh’s 36.7 percent. In total, Navarro tallied 15,032 votes compared to 8,710 votes for Walsh.

Meanwhile, in the Republican Primary, William Hart received 56.4 percent of the vote to defeat Joseph O’Leary. Hart pulled in 14,377 votes, while O’Leary garnered 11,105 votes.

Navarro and Hart will now face-off in the General Election on Nov. 2.

Navarro said he was humbled by the convincing victory and acknowledged he benefitted from a wave of anger aimed at incumbents up and down the ballot and across the country.

“I think folks are obviously looking for new, fresh ideas,” he said. “[Walsh] has been a 30-year institution and I think people were looking for a fresh perspective.”

But Navarro, who along the campaign trail had questioned the efficiency and accountability of Walsh’s Sheriff’s Office, said Tuesday that he respected his rival , even saying he learned from him during the campaign.

“I want to thank Sheriff Walsh for his community service through the years and although we had our disagreements along the way, he may not know it, but he was teaching me,” he said.

Walsh said he was surprised by the result.

“I feel bad for my office because I let them down,” he said.  “I can’t help but feel like there was something more at play this year given the margin. But as I told my people last night, ‘don’t cry for me…I’m going to be fine.’”

Hart said he was pleased to be the choice of Republicans and said he looks forward to general election.

“It was a night filled with surprises and I’m glad mine was a happy one,” he said. “[Now] I’m going to continue to present myself to votes as a manager and a leader and talk about my ideas for reorganizing the sheriff’s office. I don’t see it as a clash of personalities…I see it as an opportunity to show why I’m the best for the job.”