I talk to Garland County residents daily who want to know my position on various issues. I firmly believe in strong family values and equally in the importance of a strong community. As your Sheriff, I pledge to make needed changes to improve Garland County for you and your families and for the many visitors we have. To learn more about me and my vision for Garland County, refer to the frequently asked questions below.
Why do you want to be Sheriff?
I’ve dedicated my entire career to professional law enforcement. For the past 30 years, I have been a professional police officer in Garland County – this is my home. I sincerely believe that my training and experience make me the most prepared to be the senior law enforcement officer in the county. I’ve spent my life in the service of others and believe I can make a difference by serving in this position.
Will your name be on one of the ballots during the party primary elections in May?
No. As an Independent candidate my name will not be on the ballot during the primary election. However, I will be on the ballot for the general election on November 4, 2014.
Why did you decide to run as an Independent candidate?
After seeking counsel from many leaders in our community – including people active in Republican and Democrat politics – I decided that I could best serve as Sheriff if I were elected as an Independent candidate. Our judges and prosecutors are elected in non-partisan elections and I firmly believe that our sheriff should be elected in the same manner. I will uphold the Constitution and serve all people of Garland County.
What makes you different from others who are running for Sheriff?
There are some fine men running for this office and all of them have good credentials as law enforcement officers. The difference is that none of them have the breadth of personnel management experience I have, nor the formal education and training. I have been responsible for creating and managing a multi-million dollar budget and leading a diverse workforce with over 135 people.
What kinds of people are supporting your campaign?
I am proud to say that we have all kinds of people involved with our campaign. It has been humbling to see the professionals, blue collar workers, teachers, young adults, active and retired law enforcement officers, doctors, retirees and many others who want to help me get elected Sheriff.
Do you have the endorsement of the current Sheriff?
Sheriff Larry Sanders and I have been friends since we worked together as young police officers. I have the utmost respect for him and the job he has done as our Sheriff. Sheriff Sanders has wisely stated that he will need to have a good working relationship with whoever is elected as his successor and he will not be publicly endorsing any candidate.
What do you think are the most important qualifications for this office?
1) The ability to professionally manage a large law enforcement workforce
2) The experience to plan and implement a large and complex budget
3) The demeanor and tact to work closely with the County Judge, Quorum Court and other community leaders