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Rice County Sheriff

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    Ross Spicer
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    Jesse J. Thomas
    (NP)

Información Biográfica

Why are you the best candidate for this position? (750 characters)

If elected, what will your top three priorities be and why? (500 characters)

What do you see as the biggest challenges to your office, and how would you address them? (500 characters)

What procedures would you implement to improve or maintain transparency in the sheriff’s department’s activities? (500 characters)

How would you describe your leadership style and how that qualifies you for the role of sheriff? (500 characters)

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I have a BS in Criminal Justice from St. Mary's University. I completed my Law Enforcement skills at Alexandria Tech college. I was hired as a CO in Rice County in 1996. I worked my way through the many areas of the Sheriff's Office. Patrol Deputy in 1997, Investigator in 2001, Field Training Officer, Patrol Sergeant in 2009, Lieutenant in 2011, Chief Deputy in 2014 and then sworn in as Sheriff in 2021. In 2015, I attended the MSA new Sheriff/Chief Deputy School. In 2017, I completed the FBI LEEDS class, in 2021 I completed the BCA Senior Leadership Program. I have taken every opportunity for growth and challenge throughout my years. My training is part of this journey but my dedication is why I am the best candidate.
1.Continue to build positive relationships in our community. This allows us to understand the cultures of the residents we serve and it will allow them to understand Law Enforcement. 2.Holding criminals accountable. We need to be proactive in dealing with those who break laws and victimize others. 3.Continue to work on creating a better way to impact and intervene in Mental Health related calls. We have seen changes in how we respond to and handle mental health related calls for service.
The retention and hiring of Staff. We have seen a drastic decrease in the numbers of applicants for openings within the Sheriff's Office. The atmosphere around Law Enforcement needs to change or society will find itself with a lack of those willing to serve the community. We need to continue to educate those around us about the fact that the men and women in Law Enforcement are human beings. We have feelings, we make mistakes and are a lot like everyone else.
I think the sheriff's Office does a great job of being transparent. We have added body cameras to our Squad video to record and document all the moments around our actions. I have been involved in several Internal Affairs cases over the years and we have been transparent through corrective actions in these cases. I have released information as soon as practical in the major cases that I have been involved with.
I have always been a hands on, no nonsense type of leader. I think it is important to let others who are better versed in certain areas be involved so they are prepared. I expect my staff to be like me in that they are proactive and provide a high level of customer service to our residents in Rice County.