Sheriff candidate outlines goals

To the Editor,

In response to “Time for you to choose” from last week, the author’s analogy and logic are wrong. It was witty and entertaining, and I enjoyed their compliment of me “being quite a popular fellow.” But the facts are that being a deputy for years does not automatically qualify a person to be sheriff. It is about the man and his unique abilities and talents. A sheriff has completely different responsibilities and skill sets than does a deputy. My criminal justice administration degree is admittedly not the be all and end all, but that coupled with my personal strengths and attributes, life’s experiences, and business success enable me to be extremely qualified to be our next sheriff.

The office of sheriff has always been financial and largely administrative. Now more than ever, with COVID and the furloughs, we see how fragile our county finances truly are. It is imperative the next sheriff be very experienced with business in order to keep his department fiscally viable and stable no matter what the economic challenges may be, in order to ensure the livelihoods of his deputies and to provide the best service and safety to Hancock County.

From Day 1, I’ve listed an extensive law enforcement platform, including our own Hancock County Drug Task Force, which would put a renewed emphasis on busts, prosecutions, and harsh penalties for dealers and those that harm children. I’m the only one who has done that. I will examine our budget line by line and line.

As sheriff, I would look at the department with a fresh perspective, gather all information from all angles, and make well thought out, strong decisions.

We have three choices for sheriff this election season, and at least we can agree on one thing… that the Hancock County voters will tell us exactly who they think will make the best sheriff.

Tommy Ogden

New Cumberland


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