Riley, Zophy speak at forum

On top of increasing safety in the county, Zophy said he wants to increase the use of technology used in the field.

The candidates were asked to name three things they see as high priorities if elected. Riley said he wants to implement more accountability by making the county's sergeants responsible for the officers they oversee.

Second, he would like to have a sergeant at each satellite station to supervise the crew in that area, Riley said. Lastly, Riley said community policing would be enforced.

Zophy's top priorities if elected, included the improvement of sex offender management, better utilizing the satellite stations and improving the corrections division by changing the way chain of command is used.

Riley said he would like to see the county jail cleaned out, if elected. He said it was "filthy" when he toured the facility recently. The jail could also be made more efficient with the personnel that are currently working the facility, Riley said.

In regards to the sheriff's department's budget, Zophy said he was unsure of the exact budget percentages, but that he would be inheriting the budget that has already been decided. Because the budget has been written, Zophy said he would make do with the resources he would be given, if elected.

Zophy said he would commence programs with and already established budget by seeking negotiations with other agencies and sharing resources with local municipalities and schools.

Riley said the current budget was set at "$7.5 million, with $4.3 million budgeted for the jail and $3.2 million for the road patrol." There is a possibility of bringing in more revenue with more beds -- more inmates, Riley said. With the extra space in the county jail, Riley said more beds can be added which calculates to a little more than $80 per inmate housed. Currently, the jail brings in $330,000 of revenue per year, Riley said.

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