Sheriff candidates debate issues

"He (Hommes) has been in office 12 years and no one knows who he is," Kirby said. "The budget has gone way, way up. We're paying more and getting less. If we leave him (Hommes) in office we'll get more of the same - higher taxes, fewer services."

Tyler has served 14 years on the Westport town board and was a village trustee before that. He said he hopes to utilize his experience, training and communication skills to improve the sheriff's department.

Kirby's family owned a beverage distribution business in New Jersey and he earned a business degree before going into police work. As a police officer he became a master trainer, training fellow officers in use of force, fire arms and tactics.

He is an emergency medical technician and a captain in the Wilmington Fire Department. He was town justice, resigning to run for sheriff.

Kirby said he also has the education and training to do the job and he offers new ideas and a broader perspective.

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