The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

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April 24, 2014

Stanly County sheriff candidates discuss campaign issues

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Thursday, April 24, 2014 —

2. Why are you the best candidate for sheriff?

Democrats

R. Burris: I’ve spent over 30 years in law enforcement, and I know the commitment required of those that serve. I also know and have the skills needed to manage a sheriff’s office with more than 100 employees and a budget that exceeds $6 million per year. I recognize that one of my most important functions is supporting the deputies and employees who are working hard. We now have more patrol officers on the street than ever before, and we’ve secured a grant that will enable us to add one additional school resource officer. We will then have a Stanly County SRO in every single county high school and middle school.

For eight years, I’ve been making the difficult decisions, and I’ve shown that I’m unwilling to waste money, time, and resources on inefficient, quick, flashy, and temporary fixes that fail to meet the long-term objectives. Instead of spending seized drug money on flashy signs or cars, we’ve made investments to better equip ourselves to fight crime. We’ve purchased sophisticated forensic technology and equipment, computer forensic training and technology for our detectives, a new electronic filing system to better organize and track our cases, and two highly-trained drug and tracking dogs.

Speights: I possess the type of personality and communication skills to lead the Stanly County Sheriff’s Office in a positive direction. I have experience in all areas of the sheriff’s office. I have many hours of education and training.

Republicans

G. Burris: I am the best candidate to be sheriff  because I care about the citizens of Stanly County and their well being. I worked with the Department of Corrections for three years and have experience dealing with inmate custody, housing and transport. Also dealing with day to day supervision of inmates and the administration part of the operations working with the canteen, clothes house, warehouse and mailroom.  I have served the citizens of Stanly County while I worked previously  at the Sheriff office. I have experience in four different departments of the office which include working in the jail, courthouse, patrol and as a detective sergeant. I have worked alongside  deputies and know the job and what the citizens expect. I have served warrants and civil papers along with conducting license checkpoints and being out in the county and speaking with citizens. I  have  worked cases from start to finish and testified to Grand Juries and also testified in court in a jury trial. I know how it feels to have a victim or family depending on me to see that justice is served. I was an administrative lieutenant for the Oakboro Police Department for six years and assisted with personnel, training, budget, community policing, patrol and grants.

Frick: I have an understanding of what it takes to be the sheriff and that it is more than just a title. I am familiar with the day to day operations in and out of the office and how the budget needs to be handled along with the rest of the duties that are all apart of the job. There are many people ranging from administrative staff, deputies, county officials, officers from other agencies and the public that have to be dealt with  on a daily basis. It takes someone with not only experience but integrity and ethics to do the job the way it should be done.

Poole: If one considers my civilian and military education along with my command experience of units larger than the sheriff's department it should be obvious that I can handle the responsibilities of the office. It would seem that I am the best qualified in many respects.

Whaley: I am confident that my law enforcement experience and formal education will be an asset to the Stanly County Sheriff’s Office.  I started my law enforcement career with the Stanly County Sheriff’s Office and finished my full time tenure with the Concord Police Department.  I have been trained in the divisions of civil process, detention, and investigations as well as road patrol.  I have numerous hours of in-service training and certifications as mandated by the state.

My formal education started at Stanly Community College where I obtained an associate of applied science in criminal justice. On May 10, I will receive my baccalaureate degree in criminal justice/administration from Western Carolina University. I know that in addition to experience and education I will be bringing resourcefulness, insight, adaptability, and sound common sense to the office of sheriff.

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