NEW SHARON — Scott Nichols Sr. has announced that he is a Republican candidate for sheriff in Franklin County.

Nichols, 50, a law enforcement officer for 27 years, is chief of the Carrabassett Valley Police Department.

Nichols said as the next sheriff, he would put his law enforcement experience, which includes more than 20 years with the Maine State Police and one year as a security contractor in Iraq, to help county citizens, according to a news release from the Nichols.

He started his career as a state trooper working out of the Skowhegan barracks, patrolling Franklin County and reached the rank of sergeant in the state police Criminal Investigation Division. He was named Carrabassett Valley police chief in 2008.

He was born and raised in Farmington and served in the Army as a paratrooper. He was on active duty for three years and continued his military service for another three years in the Army Reserve and National Guard.

He is a Mt. Blue High School graduate and attended the Maine Criminal Justice Academy, graduating in 1984.

Nichols lives in New Sharon with his wife, Lorna. They have two children, son Scott Jr. and daughter Katelyn.