Candidates were asked what their first priority would be if elected sheriff.
"We need to make sure that we are doing everything that we need to be doing to protect you, the citizens of
"No one is going to be above the law, and everybody is going to work according to the law," Sweeney said.
The second question asked candidates about their approach to working with other agencies.
Howell said working together is critical for an effective law enforcement agency to protect all citizens.
Rowland said building stronger relations with city and other departments is a top priority.
"I truly believe that is the best way we can reduce crime and have the strongest law enforcement in
Sweeney said his experience as a
Chandler said there's a need to partner with other agencies and work out plans to reduce crime.
"We have to ... make sure that we have these partnerships with the other chiefs and the other police departments inside of
Tennyson said he has worked hard with other counties and agencies in the past to make sure they are "taken care of" when they need it.
"Anybody that has called me, I have always extended a helping hand," Tennyson said.
Sweeney and Tennyson said they support having a criminal justice center, while Chandler, Howell and Rowland said it is not the right time for one right now.
The candidates were asked about what they would do to reduce domestic violence in
Chandler supported working with the District Attorney's office and other organizations to combat it. Tennyson said he supported more victim advocacy within the department. Howell said more inter-agency partnerships would help deter the problem. Rowland said offender rehabilitation is the key, while Sweeney said educating officers about domestic violence is important.
Early voting begins Friday and runs through
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