Sheriff must wear many hats

To the Editor:

I recently retired as the administrator of fire prevention and code enforcement for Warren County. I have over 30 years of experience in dealing with public safety events and still serve today as Warren County Fire Coordinator. I have known and worked with Sheriff Larry Cleveland since he began his employment with Warren County in the early 80s and I have followed his career as he has risen through the ranks and been promoted to positions of greater responsibility.

Most people dont understand or recognize the complexity of operating the sheriffs office. Yes, the duties of our sheriff include providing law enforcement and protecting our communities. But while these are obviously very important, they represent only one part of what Sheriff Cleveland supervises on a daily basis.

He operates our Emergency 911 Communications Center, dispatches all of our fire department and emergency squads, provides security at our county facilities and runs a civil law enforcement office.

The sheriffs office is the largest department in our county government and provides the most important service - public safety. The sheriff is no longer just someone carrying a badge and wearing a gun on his hip. The sheriff needs to be an experienced administrator with not only law enforcement credentials but solid background in corrections, communications and management expertise.

I urge the voters of Warren County to look beyond the political rhetoric of the election and review the qualifications and experience of the candidates for Warren County Sheriff. When you do, you will find there is only one qualified candidate in this race and thats Sheriff Cleveland.

Marvin Lemery
Warren County Fire Coordinator

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