With the May 6 Primary just days away, the Rushville Republican staff asked candidates in contested races to answer some questions to help area voters in the selection process.
The following is in the race for sheriff.
Steve Comer: Republican
1. What do you feel are the responsibilities of the Sheriff’s office?
“The sheriff needs to be accountable to the Rush County citizens through protection, integrity and service. This will be accomplished through fair and equitable application of the law so a safe and secure environment can be enjoyed by everyone. I believe it is the duty of the sheriff to be immersed in the community so as to know the wants and needs of the people served. The sheriff stands directly accountable to the citizens for the quality of service received from the sheriff’s office.”
The sheriff has a fiscal responsibility to be mindful of each tax dollar allocated to operate the sheriff’s department without sacrificing public safety. By statute, the sheriff is also responsible for operating a secure, orderly and efficient jail.
2. Why are you seeking this office?
“I am at a time in my career where I believe my experience at every level of law enforcement from road trooper to District Commander will allow me to professionally repay what the Rush County Community has graciously afforded me throughout my life.”
3. What challenges does this office face during the coming term?
“Rush County has a growing drug problem which will require an ongoing aggressive enforcement effort to curtail the problem. Approximately 90 percent of the current inmate population at the RCJ is due to felony drug arrest.”
“Due to years of mandates from our state and federal governments, the current jail may be nearing the end of its service life. If a new jail is approved, there will be a need for and extensive investigation to gather ideas and options used by other counties before the building is constructed. The source of funding and burden on the taxpayers will be closely scrutinized.”