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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Candidates for Fulton County Sheriff

Sheriff Walter Dillinger

Q: What makes you the best choice for Fulton County Sheriff?

A: I was born and raised in this county, know the people and the 2,000 miles of road that criss-crosses the county. I've had experience as a deputy and these past four years in office, I've worked with the people. This County Sheriff business is a people business. It's not us against them, it's us with them, to come together and make this county a place that we can all be proud to share with travelers and new businesses and all the people who reside in this county.

Q: What are the major law enforcement challenges in the county and how do you plan to confront those challenges?

A: There are new law enforcement challenges every day. There are changes in the laws every day. We research and train accordingly. We receive law bulletins and updates on just about every procedure from the main office of the 16th Judicial District and we make sure our personnel are aware and trained accordingly. I have tried to place knowledgeable people in the position, to serve and maintain the trust of the people who put me in office.

Q: What are your plans to combat the current illegal drug situation in the county?

A: The prescription pill situation has started to be on a rise again. Our deputies are diligent and have a zero tolerance policy for narcotics in any form in this county. They are trained and supervised by a chief deputy that has 21 years experience in a major metropolitan area. We are making arrests in the county. The Drug Task Force is back and active in the county. I have gone to the quorum court and received extra funds to help combat this problem. This fund is used by the Drug Task Force, in our county, and can be used by the Fulton County Sheriff Deputies. The problem is not just in our county but all over the country. No one will ever make it go away. We chip away at it everyday, and try to break into supply lines coming into the county.

Q: What qualifications, background and training best equip you for the position of Sheriff?

A: My answers to the above pretty much cover this question. I have made sure that by the election in November, all current deputies are certified and trained in a 13-week course at the Academy. But their training doesn't just stop when they leave. There are in-service training courses that the deputies are attending throughout the year. When some deputies are unavailable to go because of their duties, the ones that have, share the notebooks and information with the others. Once a week the Chief Deputy has a meeting with the deputies and they are able to re-adjust to the current problems the county might be facing.

I look forward to serving you again.

Charles "Dennie" Bost

Q: What makes you the best choice for Fulton County Sheriff?

A: Many factors have been involved in preparing me for such a challenging position as Fulton County Sheriff. Some of these include my job experiences, my education, training, law enforcement experience and my experience in dealing with the public. I believe the most important of these factors is actual law enforcement experience. The sum total of our life experiences define where our capabilities and limitations lie and the knowledge and wisdom obtained by years of experience cannot be learned in a classroom. Over a period of 15 years, I have spent countless hours in a patrol car. I have been on hundreds of calls and driven thousands of miles on Fulton County roads. I have worked hundreds of traffic accidents, often involving serious injury and death. I have performed CPR many times. My fellow officers and I have taken hundreds of drunks off of our streets and highways and no doubt saved many lives in the process. I have spent countless hours counseling troubled teens and adults in a multitude of crisis situations often involving drugs, alcohol and violence. I have had to make many hard decisions under very difficult circumstances and each time I have learned something.

Q: What are the major law enforcement challenges in the county and how do you plan to confront those challenges?

A: Fulton County faces the same law enforcement challenges that other counties in our area face. Illegal drugs, thefts, burglaries, domestic violence and alcohol related offenses top the list. Heavy seasonal traffic on our roads, highways and rivers also results in many accidents and incidents that demand the attention of the Sheriff's department. All citizens of Fulton County deserve equal representation by our Sheriff's department, but not all of them are getting that representation. In years past, problems on Spring River have generated much public criticism. The Fulton County Sheriff's department has also been criticized for its inability or unwillingness to deal with those problems. The Spring River campground owners have made great progress cleaning up the river and try to handle most of the trouble themselves, but sometimes they still need and deserve assistance from law enforcement to deal with serious issues. The duty of the Sheriff's department is to serve and protect everyone and this includes not only taxpayers, voters and property owners, but all people who travel into and through our county. With high fuel prices and budget constraints, our greatest challenge may be to provide the level of service the people expect and deserve.

Q: What are your plans to combat the current illegal drug situation in the county?

A: No one person is going to be able to eliminate the sale and use of illegal drugs in our county by themselves. This is a constant fight and it takes a community effort with cooperation of citizens, parents, school officials and the various law enforcement agencies to minimize drug activity. We already have enough laws on the books, what we need is stricter enforcement of those laws for habitual offenders and if we continue to make it hard on those offenders they will either straighten up or leave the area. Never-the-less, the law of supply and demand prevails. As long as there is a demand, we will have a problem. Education of our young people is vital to reduce this demand. Prescription drug abuse and alcohol abuse must not be overlooked and in my opinion, driving under the influence poses a far greater threat to our families. All law enforcement agencies including the sheriff's department, local police departments, State Police, Highway Police, Game and Fish and the Drug Task Force can do a better job of working together but this will require stronger leadership from the sheriff.

Q: What qualifications, background and training best equip you for the position of sheriff?

A: I am a 1968 graduate of Salem High School and hold a bachelor of science degree from the University of Arkansas. I served six years active duty with the U.S. Army, with two years in the Military Police and completed over 15 years with the Arkansas Army National Guard. My law enforcement experience covers over 15 years as a city of Salem Police Officer, a Fulton County Deputy Sheriff and a Juvenile Intake and Probation Officer for Fulton, Izard and Sharp counties. I hold a Senior Law Enforcement Certificate with the state of Arkansas, the highest level achievable. In January of 2005, I left for Iraq where I served for 32 months as a Senior Police Advisor for the U.S. State Department. I served for over 22 years with the Salem Fire Department retiring in the year 2000 as an assistant chief. I have been a business owner in Salem for over 25 years. I am a 1993 graduate of the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy with over 500 hours of in-service law enforcement training including course work in hostage negotiations, drug enforcement, tactical training and interviews and interrogation.

Scott Holloway

Q: What makes you the best candidate for Fulton County Sheriff?

A: My commitment to Fulton County is evident by my track record. By having dedicated much of my time to volunteer services such as volunteer fire chief, first responder, president of the Fulton County Fire Fighters Association, volunteer coach in T-ball, baseball, softball and football, I believe that just living in a community is not enough. If you want a better life for your family you must also play an active role in that community.

My family has been in Fulton County since the early 1800s, so my roots run deep. My wife and I have a home and land here. This is where we have chosen to raise our children.

Q: What are the major law enforcement challenges in the county and how do you plan to confront those challenges?

A: Retention of qualified officers is one of the biggest challenges this administration will face. I have first hand knowledge of what it takes to be an officer, and the risks they take to serve the public. While many people are sleeping, officers are doing their best to serve and protect.

Being an officer is a calling, no one chooses this profession to become rich. However, in order to retain qualified officers, they at least need to make a living. I propose to take $5,000 from the Sheriff's salary and divide it between my deputies so that these decent men and women will have the financial ability to stay in Fulton County.

Over the last several months I have met with many citizens of Fulton County and a common concern among them has been inadequate law enforcement coverage for all of Fulton County. As the next Sheriff I propose to dedicate each officer to communities within the county. I believe one of the first steps to crime prevention is being seen.

Another pressing concern is the condition of the Fulton County Jail. As Sheriff, I will exhaust all avenues in obtaining grants and outside funding to see that we again meet code requirements or acquisition of another facility and keep tax payer monies within the county.

Q: What are your plans to combat the current illegal drug situation in the county?

A: Zero Tolerance: I can't say it more plainly.

I have known several people who have not only lost a family member, friend or loved one but whose livelyhood has also been affected. My biggest concern is for our children. The ability to obtain narcotics has become way too easy to acquire. Our children are paying with their lives. With four children of my own this problem has always weighed heavily on my heart. Active community involvement is the answer. By partnering increased public awareness with trained law enforcement officers, together we can make a difference.

Q: What qualifications, background and trainings best equip you for the position of sheriff?

A: I have been involved with law enforcement since 1991 and am a graduate of Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy, East Camden, Ark. class of 99D. I hold many certifications in several aspects of law enforcement including narcotics investigations, training officer, boat patrol, bike patrol, child identification, meth lab recognition and code enforcement to only name a few. I have also attended courses at Ozarka Technical College and Black River Technical College. I also have a good working relationship with several outside agencies, which in return will benefit the sheriff's department.

As a former business owner of North Central Arkansas Propane, I have the experience in running the business side of the sheriffs office. In these uncertain economic times I also realize the strain that the county is in to stay within budget. I plan on applying for and obtaining grants and volunteer funding to help further the education and equipment for my officers.

I, Scott Holloway, will make you one promise if elected as your next Sheriff. You will not find another candidate more committed to the safety and well-being of the people of Fulton County.

Brian Sanderson

Q: What makes you the best candidate for Fulton County Sheriff?

A: First and foremost is my passion and determination to make Fulton County a safer place to live and raise our families. It is important that we ask ourselves what motivates our candidates to seek office. As an investigator for the 16th Judicial Drug Task Force, I have seen what happens to children and their families that live with drug and alcohol addiction, domestic violence, sexual predators and other debilitating issues. Now, having a child of my own, I can see the most important thing that I can do for his future and the future of all our families is to work hard building a safer, drug free community. I strongly believe that the conditions we create in our community directly affect our children's futures and quality of life. With my training, education and experience, I cannot think of a more effective way to improve Fulton County than by being your sheriff.

Q: What are the major law enforcement challenges in the county and how do you plan to confront those challenges?

A: There are many challenges to face as sheriff. The first that comes to mind is to find ways to implement the necessary changes and reach goals for the county while staying within the current budget. I intend to increase countywide patrolling and round-the-clock coverage. With rising fuel cost, I will have to find ways to save money in other places to make this happen. In recent years, the turnover rate has increased. It has become costly to train deputies and then lose them to other departments. It will be a challenge to increase moral, pay and benefits to encourage good deputies to stay. If we are able to make this transition, it will save thousands of dollars in training, downtime, and allow us to have experienced deputies on the streets. We are also in a position where we have a deteriorating jail facility. We must coordinate with the jail standards commission to set long term solutions for this problem in order to prevent our jail from being shut down. These are only some of the administrative challenges. There are many enforcement challenges including drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence, sexual predators and theft/burglaries. We will actively pursue those people who reduce the safety and quality of life that the citizens of Fulton County deserve.

Q: What are your plans to combat the current illegal drug situation in the county?

A: As an investigator with the 16th Drug Task Force, I have seen the devastation of drugs in Fulton County. As adults, we have choices in life and we must suffer the consequences of our actions. Our children, however, have no choice in the situation in which they are born and raised. While illegal drugs effect us economically due to healthcare, thefts and prison overcrowding, it is the children that suffer the most. As an investigator for the DTF, I was assigned to multiple counties, one of which being Fulton County. During this time, we were able to make numerous felony drug arrests, including several federal indictments here in Fulton County. I am excited that I may have the opportunity to work on the drug problem in my home county. Given my training and experience as a narcotics investigator, I have the knowledge and ability to pursue the people who make and push these drugs on our kids. I also plan to pass this knowledge on to our deputies through hands-on training. Each deputy should have the ability to investigate drug cases and build strong evidence to assist our prosecutors office in prosecuting these offenders. We must also become pro-active and attempt to stop these crimes before they happen by raising public awareness, speaking in our schools and becoming involved in our communities.

Q: What qualifications, background and training best equip you for the position of Sheriff?

A: I hold a bachelor of arts in criminology from Arkansas State University. I was a Police Corps Scholarship recipient. I am a graduate of Basic Police Training at Little Rock Police Department Training Academy. I was then employed as a patrol officer with the Independence County Sheriff's Department. There I learned to conduct criminal patrol. I was then given the opportunity to work for the 16th Judicial Drug Task Force. There I gained the knowledge and ability to conduct criminal investigations, not only in narcotics, but also in burglary, thefts and violent crimes. I built a working relationship with many departments including the Drug Enforcement Administrator, U.S. Attorney's Office, Department of Human Services, Arkansas State Police, Arkansas Highway Patrol, Arkansas Game and Fish, Salem Police Department, South Central Missouri Drug Task Force and many others. It is the ability to work together with various people and departments that gets results. In addition to my experience as a deputy and narcotics officer, I've received additional training including: Community Oriented Policing, Basic Narcotics Investigations through the Regional Counter-drug Training Academy, Managing Methamphetamine Investigations and Clandestine Methamphetamine Lab Certification. I have also been a small business owner for the last two years. This background gives me the ability to be an administrator as well as a working patrol officer and investigator.

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