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 —

8. Who is your favorite fictional character that played a law enforcement officer or detective?


R. Burris:  I don’t spend too much time reading fictional crime stories. We deal with enough real-life crime and serious situations that I try to take the opportunities I have to get away from it a little bit. Going for a walk always helps to relax me, which I think my wife appreciates. I enjoy playing with and taking care of our dogs. I’ve recently finished rebuilding a 1965 Malabu SS, and I’ve just started working on another muscle car.

Speights: I think one of my favorite fictional law enforcement characters would be agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs of “NCIS.” He is firm, but fair, and has a great love for his country.


G. Burris:  I always like to watch all law enforcement shows and movies. Some are laid back, some are funny and some are tough and straight forward. It's difficult to choose just one out of the hundreds I enjoyed watching and growing up with. But if I must choose one then I'm going with Dodge City Marshal Matt Dillon in “Gunsmoke.” He was there for the people and would stand up for them and what was right. He didn’t back down from a challenge and would tackle problems head on. He was a tough but fair man and as he progressed in life he learned and grew from his previous mistakes. The people of Dodge City respected him and knew he would stand up for law and protect the people. That’s the type of sheriff I want to be and for the good citizens of Stanly to know that I am here for them and always ready to protect them. To the criminals and people wanting to do harm to these same citizens need to know there is a sheriff that is ready for the challenge.

Frick:  Dirty Harry

Poole:  The team on “Dragnet” because they were only concerned with the facts.

Whaley: Gary Sinise as Mac Taylor on “NCIS New York.” His calm and cool demeanor, which allows him to critically think through every situation and case. He is always strictly on the side of the law, no exceptions. When a case is hard and there seems to be no solving it, he doesn’t give up, even if it calls for everyone in the department to start over and look at it from another angle.  He hangs in there until he gets his man or woman. As a boss, he is always fair and decisive and he always remembers that the people under him are warriors of the streets but they are people too with families.



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