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Smith County Sheriff Candidate Profile: Bobby Garmon

Smith County Sheriff Candidate Bobby Garmon. (Source:  BobbyGarmon.com) Smith County Sheriff Candidate Bobby Garmon. (Source: BobbyGarmon.com)

Each of the four Smith County Sheriff Candidates were given a questionnaire comprised of questions that were developed in large-part by members of our audience.

A while back, followers of the KLTV Facebook page were asked what question they'd ask the Smith County Sheriff Candidates themselves, if given the chance.

These questions, in conjunction with hot-button items developed by members of the KLTV staff, are listed below, with the candidate's responses (denoted by italics) immediately following.


**NOTE: ABSOLUTELY NO EDITS WERE MADE TO THE CANDIDATE'S RESPONSES.**


BOBBY GARMON

1. Technology is constantly changing and advancing; what technological advances would you like to introduce to the Smith County Sheriff's Department?

I would like to introduce to not only Smith County Sheriff's Office, but to all local law enforcement agencies a computer software program that would allow for the sharing and dissemination of information on criminal activity to all law enforcement.

2. What are immediate changes, say in your first 90 days in office, that you'd like to make if elected?

Take a more active in the community, such as school programs for the children, neighborhood crime prevention, appoint a department chaplain, and a public relations officer.

3. We asked people on our social media sites what they would like to ask you as a candidate for Sheriff; one of the things that came up several times was the issue of response time, especially for people who live in the far northern reaches of the county. For example, one man alleges that he called in a possible shooting and the response time was over an hour, according to him. What will be done to assure residents on the perimeter of Smith County that they will receive prompt, consistent law enforcement protection from the Sheriff's office?

The Smith County Sheriff's Office currently strives to answer each and every call in the most expeditious manner as possible and will continue to strive to meet the citizen's needs. Sometimes it will take us longer because we have to prioritize (emergency / non-emergency) calls.

4. What approach will you use as Sheriff to hold your employees accountable to the policies and laws of the county and state?

Currently, sheriff office employees are held accountable by departmental policies put in place and monitored, as well as TCLEOSE rules and regulations. Any infraction or violation as it relates to the policies or laws of the county and state will result in disciplinary actions being taken.

5. Sheriff Smith, as you know, has served Smith County as sheriff for more than 30 years. Do you feel that is too long to serve? If so, how long should you, as sheriff, serve?

I agree with the majority of the citizens of Smith County that Sheriff Smith's years as Sheriff was not too long to serve. All office holders are elected by majority vote. I feel as long as I am effective at performing the duties of the office and receive the support from the voters, I would continue to serve.

6. Sheriff Smith has long served as the gatekeeper of public information for the office. What would you do to enhance communication with local media entities and, by extension, the public you serve? Would you assign a deputy as a full-time Public Information official?

I will appoint a member of my staff that will have the assigned duty of communicating with the media to assure the orderly release of information to the public.

7. What will happen to the current staff if you are elected Sheriff? Will there be sweeping changes, or will you retain people in leadership?

I will retain people in leadership with minor changes as to duties and assignments.

8. Many people in our jail today are there for some drug-related offense. Do you feel that current court-supervised treatments for drug offenders are successful in reducing costs and crime rate related to drug-related offenses? What would you do to improve this, if anything?

Any offender that is susceptible to treatment programs certainly reduces costs and crime. Based on a survey approximately 85% of Smith County inmates are incarcerated for drug and alcohol related offenses, with a 72% recidivism rate. Once the new jail facility is on-line which will allow adequate space, we plan to expand existing programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, G.ED., and Life Skill Classes to assist inmates in rehabilitation.

9. Another Smith County resident shared this question on social media: will you consider housing federal inmates or inmates from other counties in the new jail as added income for Smith County?

Yes. This is a contractual issue that has already been negotiated through the Commissioner's Court and decided that we will house contract inmates, including federal inmates, as added income to Smith County to be used to buy down the debt of the jail bond.

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BACK TO SHERIFF CANDIDATES

1.      Technology is constantly changing and advancing; what technological advances would you like to introduce to the Smith County Sheriff's Department?

 

2.      What are immediate changes, say in your first 90 days in office, that you'd like to make if elected?

 

3.     We asked people on our social media sites what they would like to ask you as a candidate for Sheriff; one of the things that came up several times was the issue of response time, especially for people who live in the far northern reaches of the county. For example, one man alleges that he called in a possible shooting and the response time was over an hour, according to him. What will be done to assure residents on the perimeter of Smith County that they will receive prompt, consistent law enforcement protection from the Sheriff's office? 

 

 

4.       What approach will you use as Sheriff to hold your employees accountable to the policies and laws of the county and state?

 

5.      Sheriff Smith, as you know, has served Smith County as sheriff for more than 30 years. Do you feel that is too long to serve?  If so, how long should you, as sheriff, serve?

 

6.       Sheriff Smith has long served as the gatekeeper of public information for the office. What would you do to enhance communication with local media entities and, by extension, the public you serve?  Would you assign a deputy as a full-time Public Information official?

 

7.       What will happen to the current staff if you are elected Sheriff? Will there be sweeping changes, or will you retain people in leadership?

 

8.      Many people in our jail tod

1. Technology is constantly changing and advancing; what technological advances would you like to introduce to the Smith County Sheriff's Department?

2. What are immediate changes, say in your first 90 days in office, that you'd like to make if elected?

3. We asked people on our social media sites what they would like to ask you as a candidate for Sheriff; one of the things that came up several times was the issue of response time, especially for people who live in the far northern reaches of the county. For example, one man alleges that he called in a possible shooting and the response time was over an hour, according to him. What will be done to assure residents on the perimeter of Smith County that they will receive prompt, consistent law enforcement protection from the Sheriff's office?

4. What approach will you use as Sheriff to hold your employees accountable to the policies and laws of the county and state?

5. Sheriff Smith, as you know, has served Smith County as sheriff for more than 30 years. Do you feel that is too long to serve? If so, how long should you, as sheriff, serve?

6. Sheriff Smith has long served as the gatekeeper of public information for the office. What would you do to enhance communication with local media entities and, by extension, the public you serve? Would you assign a deputy as a full-time Public Information official?

7. What will happen to the current staff if you are elected Sheriff? Will there be sweeping changes, or will you retain people in leadership?

8. Many people in our jail today are there for some drug-related offense. Do you feel that current court-supervised treatments for drug offenders are successful in reducing costs and crime rate related to drug-related offenses? What would you do to improve this, if anything?

9. Another Smith County resident shared this question on social media: will you consider housing federal inmates or inmates from other counties in the new jail as added income for Smith County?

ay are there for some drug-related offense. Do you feel that current court-supervised treatments for drug offenders are successful in reducing costs and crime rate related to drug-related offenses? What would you do to improve this, if anything?

 

9.       Another Smith County resident shared this question on social media: will you consider housing federal inmates or inmates from other counties in the new jail as added income for Smith County?

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