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The following are excerpts from comments from the Candiate's Forum:
"I think the problem with part-time employees is that it doesn't give them ample time to learn the skills that they need. You need that training. You need that experience. It causes problems. I think there should be a balance between the two."
"I think we need to look at the budget as a whole and see what areas we can cut and what areas we can't. I think we need to bring in some other revenue. We have a SAP program right now. It's very successful. We need to try to expand on that and get federal funding or a long-term heroin addiction program in the jail."
"You can't totally eliminate lawsuits, but you can minimize the impact the lawsuits have on the county by having a lot of training and having qualified people in the right spots and having a policy that is enforced. It's got to start at the top."
"We started a lot of programs at the justice center two years ago when I took over. A lot of them benefited the county. A lot saved the county money. I want to bring those same ideals over to the detention center. I want to make the detention center more respected based on training and the qualifications of the people we get. I believe we can do that."
"I believe that we need a change now more than ever before."
"With the heroin problem we have, perhaps we can get the federal or state government involved to go to the Class D housing part and do some kind of regional drug rehabilitation. This will not only benefit the community, but I think it is needed. The heroin problem is only going to get worse."
"You have to have commonsense to make some of these decisions. If you don't, you can have all the certificates and all the training in the world, but if you don't have commonsense enough to get out of the rain, you're still going to get wet."
"Your people have to know what the rules and regulations are, what they can do and what they can't do. That will hold lawsuits down. It's that simple."
"This is all I can offer you. My experience. Straight talk. No empty promises. Commonsense. I think that's a winning combination."
"If elected, I will work to provide a safe, secure and respectable detention facility."
"If I am jailer, I am going to try the avenue of getting the federal inmates back. I know the federal inmates if you house them like we have in the past pay more. That's more of an income for the jail to receive."
"I've got a lot of training in this field. Plus, I've got training with the Department of Criminal Justice training and being an officer with the Williamstown Police Department for 20 years, I feel like that will assist me greatly."
"To stop the unnecessary lawsuits, I plan on implementing a policy and procedure and enhancing the training for personnel to see that guidelines are met and people are doing what they are supposed to be doing."
"I've lived in this community since I was 7. I've seen a lot of changes in our county over the years. Some for the good and some not. But, I've always had Grant County in my heart knowing all along I wanted to make a difference, knowing I wanted to make our community a safer and desired place to raise our children."