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April 24, 2014

Stanly County sheriff candidates discuss campaign issues


Thursday, April 24, 2014 —

5. Describe your management style.


R. Burris: There’s no place for micro-management in an organization as large and complex as the Sheriff’s Office. I do everything I can to ensure the best possible training and resources for the deputies. My place is one of support, and I’m willing to let them do their job. I put those in leadership roles who are experienced and capable of making informed, intelligent, difficult decisions. I push and challenge my employees to produce results, find solutions, and maintain discipline. I expect my employees to act with integrity, character, professionalism, and put service to community before ourselves.

Speights:  I am a hands-on person. I do not mind getting my hands dirty, but delegation of responsibility is a necessary characteristic that a successful sheriff should have. There should be rewards for positive job performance and counseling for negative job performance. Clear policies and procedures should be in place to direct your team.


G. Burris: I believe that my management style is like that of a coach. To lead by example and show the personnel that I will be firm, but fair and consistent. That I will not ask any deputy to do a job that I'm not willing to do myself. To give them a job well done and a pat on the back. To not demand respect, but to earn it and give it so the Sheriff's Office as a whole with be a positive place to work. To be the leader that the county expects and listen to citizens' concerns and always have an open door policy. To stand up for staff and citizens and treat all fairly. To set the foundation for the Sheriff's Office for years to come.

Frick: I think it is important for the sheriff to stay involved in what's happening in the department. One key to that is having strong people in place as department heads and keeping constant lines of communication open with them. I feel like it is very important to stay active within the operations of the daily business as opposed to just being a figurehead.

Poole: Delegate with strict accountability for areas of responsibility.

Whaley: There will always be a hierarchy of command.  Each officer will answer to the next level officer above him.  Accountability works its way up the chain to the sheriff.  Each staff member at the higher level is responsible for the production and activities of their subordinates. For a sheriff to micro-manage a particular division or process stifles the creativity of officers and weakens their personal growth. I want to see an environment where officers are allowed to critically think for themselves.  In my leadership, I am confident as a team, we will build a department that is effective, efficient, and professional by criminal justice standards of today.  

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