The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

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April 24, 2014

Stanly County sheriff candidates discuss campaign issues


Thursday, April 24, 2014 —

4. What makes a sheriff successful?


R. Burris: A successful sheriff recognizes that it is his job to allocate our limited resources and prioritize the needs of the community. It’s his job to lead the way in finding, locating and securing additional funds to meet the needs of today and tomorrow. A successful sheriff sees the strengths and abilities of his deputies, and he places them in positions where they can be successful while also maximizing their potential.

A successful sheriff is willing to respond to victims and their families who want justice and is willing to share in the burdens that they carry. He has to be willing to make the difficult, unpopular decisions that are unsatisfying in the moment, but result in effective solutions and change for the greater good.

Speights:  A sheriff can be successful if he or she can listen to the people of the community and what their needs are. It is imperative that a good sheriff be involved in community outreach and any programs that can assist in the overall safety and security of its communities.


G. Burris: The sheriff must be professional, have common sense, and be able to represent the citizens in a positive manner. The sheriff will be successful if there is a team effort within the office and a team effort and good working conditions with all other law enforcement agencies, fire and EMS departments. We must have team workers and a common goal between all personnel for our county. I bring experience, leadership, education and training to the job and look forward to working with others. To spread the vision to all citizens and have a trust and respect relationship to better our county.

Frick: Having ethics, moral standards and integrity that can be seen in the sheriff himself and his entire department. Being able to manage all the responsibilities and any obstacles that may come with the job.

Poole:  Lead by example, demand professionalism, and respect all members of the department.

Whaley: Having law enforcement experience and education in the criminal justice system are paramount to the success of any sheriffs tenure. For example, when my automobile breaks down I don’t call a plumber.  A sheriff’s success will be found in professionalism. He has the ability to stay on the cutting edge with advanced technology. To know and understand social problems as they are trending in the community and knowing how to proactively and effectively resolve them.  Then I believe there is another level to his success.  This level can’t be taught or learned. It’s who the sheriff is on the inside of his spirit.  A successful sheriff will be one who remains open yet steadfast, compassionate, and has a true heart for the people to whom he serves.  I could lead the department with an iron fist or I could lead by example in a spirit of servitude. No amount of education or experience can create a servant's heart.  Any sheriff without the servant’s heart will suffer in areas of management.  

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