Posts tagged ‘Garry Lucas’

September 11, 2014

When Did Law Enforcement Get “Customers?”

by lewwaters

Sheriff BadgeWe have two candidates to choose from to replace outgoing County Sheriff, Garry Lucas. Shane Gardner and Chuck Atkins are those two candidates, Atkins clearly holding more actual experience in our Sheriff’s Department.

Although late in the primary, I did endorse and put my support behind Atkins, seeing that he was who held, in my estimation, the best all around experience to occupy that office and serve the citizens of Clark County.

I have no problems with Shane Gardner and think he is an excellent Deputy, but he continues showing he is just not ready to be the County Sheriff.

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July 25, 2014

Chuck Atkins for Sheriff

by lewwaters

Sheriff BadgeAfter careful consideration, I have decided I should make known my choice in this primary election for Sheriff and not to take anything away from any of the other three candidates vying for the office, have determined Chuck Atkins should be elected in November.

This was not an easy decision as I feel all four meet the qualifications, but come November, only one will win the office, two first in the Primary Election facing us.

I was the first to post reviews of the candidates in a three part series based upon questions I presented to all four, here, here and here. The questions were compiled by me on issues I felt would be of importance. All candidates were forthright with their answers and on most issues, not that far apart.

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May 15, 2014

The Candidates for Clark County Sheriff, Part Three

by lewwaters

See PART ONE and PART TWO

Video of first forum here

ARMING SCHOOL STAFF

School shootings continue to be a problem none of us to ever experience. Ideas vary on how to deal with it including the controversial idea of arming properly qualified, trained and licensed school teachers and staff.

Alluding to the matter being up to individual school districts, Shane Gardner brought out that “we have school teachers who are Reserve Sheriff’s Deputies. I believe a reserve deputy is a perfect example of a qualified, properly trained volunteer. We have called reserve deputies to augment patrol staffing at schools on days after reports of threats, etc. I believe our reserve program is an excellent example of building rapport with our community. The more that know and understand Law Enforcement the better and safer community we will be.”

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May 14, 2014

The Candidates for Clark County Sheriff, Part Two

by lewwaters

See PART ONE

Video of first forum here

DEALING WITH GANGS

Gangs have been a problem for a long time and while they might not be as big a problem in Clark County as elsewhere, they still pose a problem for law enforcement here that must be dealt with.

“Gangs should be an ongoing concern for law enforcement. If we do not work with the community to provide education and training to high risk kids, we will be dealing with them as young adults in our criminal justice system” says Shane Gardner. He intends to deal with gangs “in partnership with the Safe Streets Task Force, multi-agency task forces, and community mentor programs.”

Gardner also admits that law enforcement cannot deal with the issue alone saying, “We need to engage our community in addressing the underlying reasons that children seek out gangs, and/or gangs grow and recruit in our communities.”

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May 13, 2014

The Candidates for Clark County Sheriff, Part One

by lewwaters

Video of first forum here

Sheriff BadgeFour candidates have stepped up to the plate to replace retiring Clark County Sheriff, Garry Lucas, all with prior law enforcement experience in Clark County. Of course, only one will win the office in the November general election after two will prevail in the August primary election to face each other.

A Sheriff is a lot more important than many people realize. Far from just being responsible for overseeing the writing of traffic tickets, the Sheriff is responsible for managing the entire Department, maintaining the “oldest law enforcement agency in our state as well leading the Department Deputies in varied activities related to crime, enforcement of laws, corrections facilities, general safety of County Government and Citizens,” maintaining a rapport with the community and other elected officials, budgeting the Department, overseeing proper training of personnel and much more.

It is therefore incumbent upon us, the citizens and voters to elect the one candidate we feel is best suited for the position, based upon their values, experience and abilities.

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