- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 5, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - Former Wayne County Sheriff Warren Evans has apparently won a first term as the county’s chief executive.

The Detroit News reports Evans acknowledged his likely win over Republican John Dalton late Tuesday before the results were finalized. The Democrat and former Detroit police chief says he will work to address the county’s deficit and the stalled construction of its jail during the four-year term. Evans beat out current executive Robert Ficano in the August primary.

Ficano received criticism in September 2011 after he acknowledged paying a $200,000 severance to a county official. Several of his aides were convicted of wrongdoing in an investigation that followed.

Evans has a law degree and was county sheriff from 2003-2009.

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