I have proven experience, training, leadership, collaboration & results. I have over 42yrs of experience & have worked up through the ranks, from patrol/deputy all the way to Sheriff. I average over 60hrs of training a year whereas the requirement is 48hrs in 3yrs. I also attend Sheriff/Chief Deputy Conferences. I have a well-trained, dedicated staff & I oversee 3 volunteer groups on top of my 70+ staff. I have a long history with my staff & an excellent relationship. I believe it is because I lead by example. I don't ask them to do anything that I have not or would not do myself. If re-elected, there's no transition period. The staff knows me, my leadership style and my expectations. On day 1, I can continue the work I have been doing.
The completion of our new Jail with policies, staff training & reviving educational programs for inmates to prepare them for life after jail & make the County safer.
Secondly, it remains my vision to be visible. I require deputies to know who they serve. This means proactive policing but also neighborly policing; treating the people they serve as if they're family.
Lastly, I wish to fully implement "Check-up from the Neck up". This program advocates for employee mental health & well-being.
Several big challenges facing the profession include but are not limited to the continuous changes to statutes and laws, recruitment/retention and budgeting. I'll address these by going above and beyond with training, making the hard decisions, listening to my staff, residents and stakeholders & engage in creative problem-solving. For example, our K9 unit was fully funded by donations. If re-elected, I will continue to bring this solution-oriented mindset.
During my tenure, I began an internal policy requiring body cameras. We're the first mid-sized county in the area to have such a policy. I maintain transparency by being accessible to the media/general public. I'll continue meeting daily with the local media & answer questions. I plan to implement a monthly update via Facebook of hot topics/events. Lastly, I plan to create a Sheriff's Advisory Group consisting of county residents. Their wealth of perspectives/experiences will benefit us greatly.
I lead by example. It's important to me that I be in the field handling the challenging incidents the same as any deputy. I cannot ask them to go into danger if I'm unwilling to charge ahead of them.
I believe that leaders should guide which is why I teach my staff so they are capable of making hard decisions with confidence. "Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime."
The values of commitment, transparency, and leadership have been, and remain, the foundation of my entire 22-year law enforcement career. During this time, I have proudly served communities in a variety of roles such as detention deputy, deputy sheriff, water patrol supervisor, and leader of the civil processing unit. Coupled with my criminal justice education, the variety of duties has not only allowed me to experience every aspect of law enforcement but has also given me the opportunity to assist and build relationships with citizens, community leaders, and peers in the law enforcement and court administration industries.
HANDS-ON: A sheriff that spends either all their time in the office or all out of the office is not efficient. To be the most effective sheriff, there must be a balance.
I believe community policing is very important for police and communities to grow together. Everyone deserves to feel safe and be safe in their community.
MENTAL HEALTH: We need to develop a better collaborative system with health care professionals to meet the mental health needs of our citizens.
The biggest challenges facing our office are staffing and mental health calls. It is difficult to find people wanting to work in law enforcement and also find those qualified to handle the types of calls we receive. Mental health calls are also another challenge to this office. Currently, there are limited mental health places for law enforcement personnel to take people that desperately need help. This is causing stress on everyone. We need a better system for handling these calls.
I am open, honest, fair, and accountable. My ability to be transparent invites trust and respect. I believe we need to create an atmosphere where both externally and internally people are heard. Externally, we need to have have meetings or events monthly to let citizens speak, ask questions, or raise concerns.
Internally, we need to have staff meetings to know what’s going on with all shifts since we serve 24 hours a day. Mornings to night, we need to have the lines of communication open.
In my long law enforcement career, I have learned and become skilled in as many facets of law enforcement as possible. I like to lead by example. I would never ask anyone to do something that I would not do myself. I would describe my leadership style as transformational. I encourage and motivate those around me to help others and be the best version of themselves. While doing this, we become a better and stronger unit together.