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April 26, 2014

Experience versus change at center of sheriff's race

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Maddox has a list of items he would like to see done if he is elected. "The top of my list and the number one issue is the budget," he said. "Why is it so high and why has it grown so much over the last 14 years?"

Some of the other improvements he would like to make are an expansion and growth of the Reserve Deputy Program; making more use of the road crew, especially using it to help the trustees take care of the old cemeteries; and adding a drug dog. "Our previous dog was retired a couple of years ago and they haven't replaced it," said Maddox. "Right now county officers making a stop have to call the city police and borrow their dog."

He also wants to make the county animal control officer a fulltime position.

"I just think the sheriff's department needs to be more transparent," said Maddox. "Let the public know what we're doing, why we're doing it and where the money is coming from."

Harbstreit says he has several projects in the works to expand the reach of the sheriff's department. One is the distribution of a booklet to third graders called "Be the Best You Can Be." The booklet includes information about the sheriff's office and some advice for kids to try and reach their potential.

Another one is to develop a Boy Scout Explorer troup for scouts interested in law enforcement.

He says the department is also preparing to begin "Coffee with Cops." That program would send law enforcement around the county once a month to sit down with the public in a casual setting and talk.

A fourth program in the works is an Open Citizens Academy. It would be a 40-hour class that includes defensive tactics, safe driving and firearms training similar to that received by deputies. "We're excited about that and people are interested and want to get involved," said Harbstreit.

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