Sheriff Charles Britt withdraws from Nov. 4 special election, will remain in office until then (updated)

PASCAGOULA, Mississippi — Jackson County Sheriff Charles Britt announced this morning that he is withdrawing from the Nov. 4 special election, but will remain in office until that time.

His withdrawal comes as the department is under investigations by the state auditor and attorney general’s office regarding the disposal of 200 gallons of waste diesel fuel that led to last week’s firing of deputy Louie Miller.

On Saturday, reported that Ronnie Hamilton, who owns the farm where the fuel was disposed to kill weeds in a fence line, was a contributor to Britt’s campaign.