Candidates for the position of Fulton County sheriff in the Democratic primary election are challenger Terry Dailey and incumbent Walter Dillinger. Following are their responses to four questions posed by Areawide Media:
What do you have to offer that your opponent does not?
Dailey: The ability to fulfill promises made to my county while maintaining leadership. I will be accountable and available at all times to the people of Fulton County. I have an open door policy and welcome each citizen of the county into my home for any questions or suggestions.
Dillinger: I have the dedication and experience of serving as Fulton County sheriff. I served six years as a Fulton County deputy in the 1980s.
Dailey: Completing the processes which ensure our criminals are punished and our community is safe. I will strive to ensure our county has available positive results of our law enforcement actions.
Dillinger: Prescription drugs are the going thing right now. It's not local pharmacists who are prescribing them but ones outside of the county who wind up selling them to people that sell them illegally. People need to understand that.
Are there any areas in the county which you think need special attention from law enforcement?
Dailey: The trouble with our children continues to be a priority of focus. The evidence and impact of continued drug use in our county must be more aggressively addressed. I will make a promise to every citizen to make a difference.
Dillinger: The Spring River during the summertime has been a problem area for the county. We are hoping to work with the people in that area to improve law enforcement there.
Do you have plan to improve the Fulton County Jail?
Dailey: The current plans are to work with our senator and representative to get funds appropriated for a general improvement grant. I will utilize the grant to get our jail in compliance with current jail standards.
If the grant is not enough to complete compliance, I will work with the Quorum Court members and the community, accepting any suggestions on how we can move forward and establish a process for completion.
Dillinger: I do plan on improving the county jail. I will work with (County Judge) Charles Willett in gathering the fines that are owed to the county and when we have around $40,000, we will begin construction on an expansion of the jail. As construction goes on, I hope to work with Willett in getting a grant to help pay for it.