Greene County Sheriff Candidates Speak

By: Cheryn Stone Email
By: Cheryn Stone Email

October 30, 2007

Three men committed to running a positive campaign without using negative tactics are asking for your vote to be the next sheriff of Greene County.

The written mission of the Greene County Sheriff's Office is to provide law enforcement service that citizens can rely on and be proud of. We talked to the candidates about why they should be elected.

The candidates are Sheriff Scott Haas, Steve Smith, and Everett "Pete" Johnston.

As for why he is running, Sheriff Haas says, "I've always been involved in public service; I've been an officer for 26 years. So, it's important for me to utilize the training and the experience that I've had."

Steve Smith says, "We need to have a responsive sheriff, interactive, hard working sheriff that not only listens to what people have to say, but is responsive to what they are saying."

Pete Johnston says, "The community has lost overall respect for the sheriffs office, basically do to the differentiation in how they deliver services."

We asked the candidates what they thought the big issues are.

"One of the issues is being active with the citizens and getting the citizens involved with the sheriffs office and the community, getting the sheriffs office involved in the schools," Smith says.

"The biggest issue to me is the way citizens are treated; it's not equal, it's not fair, it's not unbiased," says Johnston.

"With growth we see additional traffic issues. We have calls for services going to increase and the money from the state doesn't seem to be keeping up," says Haas.

Each candidate is backed by more than 20 years in law enforcement. And, each says he is dedicated to setting a foundation for Greene County's future.

Johnston says, "The Sheriff or Supervisor or School Board, they are the people who affect your life more strongly on a daily basis than any President can."

Smith says, "In my case, I've been a Greene County native my whole life and I actually have the peoples interest at heart."

"I don't know what our population is going to be in five or 10 years, so you better have a solid foundation of law enforcement in your county because you're going to have to build on that as the population rises," says Haas.

All three men agree drugs and gangs are real issues. All want to work to keep them out of Greene County.

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