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Candidate Profiles: Oktibbeha County Sheriff

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GEORGE CARRITHERS
** WILL ATTEND Meet and Greet on July 8

How long have you lived in Starkville/Oktibbeha County?
I moved to Starkville when I was 22 years old ( in 1976) , so I have lived here 39 years.

What qualifications and experience do you feel you possess that would benefit the office you are seeking?
ON THE JOB EXPERIENCE.

I  worked for the sheriff’s office for 36 years. I have completed various  schools for intensive training and knowledge in the law enforcement field including: S.W.A.T., Narcotics, Supervisors School, Hostage Negotiations, Voice Stress Analysis (polygraph), Accident Reconstruction, Fingerprint School, National Auto Theft School, Arson School and a course at Mississippi State University in Criminal Justice. These are only a few of the many courses and classes I have completed.

I have investigated various cases including: rape, murder, armed robbery, kidnapping, burglary, larceny, assault and numerous other crimes. I have the  knowledge and ability to assist and guide deputies in investigating cases should they need help.

I initially started with the Sheriff’s Office as a night jailer/dispatcher. I was later promoted to several other positions within the Sheriff’s Office which included; Weekend Deputy (while still working Monday through Friday as a jailer), Road Deputy, Narcotics Officer, Investigator, Shift Supervisor, Administrative Assistant to the Sheriff, and finally as Chief Deputy. I also assumed the responsibility for the sheriff’s office in the absence of the Sheriff.  As a result of the many years of experience in the different positions I have held, I have full knowledge and am aware of the important obligations it takes to sufficiently operate and run the Sheriff’s Office while fulfilling the role as Sheriff.

What do you see as the most important aspects or considerations of the office you are seeking?
The Sheriffs Office needs someone with the experience to run the office, who can take the lead  with investigations, the day to day operations of the office, and  who is progressive in law enforcement.

In your view, what are the strengths and weaknesses of the Oktibbeha County/Starkville community?
Oktibbeha county is fortunate to have an excellent relationship with Starkville, Maben, Sturgis and MSU. What is good for one community is good for all of them. I think that the excellent relationship is the strength within our communities.

What growth or improvements do you hope to see in Starkville/Oktibbeha County area in the next 5 years?
I hope to see more oportunities for the young people of our community so that when they graduate school they will stay in the community. Not everyone will go to collage, so we need businesses and factories to employ our young people.

I look forward to working with the citizens in the county and listening to their views for change and will evaluate their suggestions in the overall usefulness and benefits to the area. This county has a definite potential for growth and I would like to provide its citizens with a sense of pride and security they deserve. As I work with county officials in their efforts toward expansion, the Sheriff’s Office and other members of law enforcement will work together in a responsible manner to protect its citizens. I would like to institute a “meet and greet” which would bring adults, senior citizens and officers together in an atmosphere of trust and allow all ages to become comfortable with law enforcement officers.

Where can constituents find more information about you and your campaign?
They can look me up on face book under George Carrithers. I will soon have one for my campaign or they can call me at 662-418-3494 I will be happy  to talk to them.

 


 

 

STEVE C. GLADNEY
** WILL ATTEND Meet and Greet on July 8

How long have you lived in Starkville/Oktibbeha County?
My family and I have lived in Starkville for the past 35 years.

What qualifications and experience do you feel you possess that would benefit the office you are seeking?
I have been in law enforcement for the past 33 ½ years. I have served as a MS State Trooper for 28 ½ years, Starkville Police Department Bailiff of Municipal Court 1 ½ years and your Sheriff since 2012.

What do you see as the most important aspects or considerations of the office you are seeking?
The most important aspects, regarding law enforcement in our community, include public safety, dealing with property crimes, and drug traffic in this area.

In your view, what are the strengths and weaknesses of the Oktibbeha County/Starkville community?
As the chief law enforcement officer of this county, I feel that the Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Department has a good working relationship with the Starkville Police Department, MSU Police Department, Sturgis Police Department, Maben Police Department, MS Department of Corrections, State Alcohol Beverage Control, MS Bureau of Narcotics and the MS Highway Patrol. It is extremely important that all of these law enforcement agencies work together for Oktibbeha County.

What growth or improvements do you hope to see in Starkville/Oktibbeha County area in the next 5 years?
As the Sheriff of Oktibbeha County, I feel there is a need to provide positive role models and activities for young people to keep them productive and actively involved in the community in a positive way.

Where can constituents find more information about you and your campaign?
More information regarding the Sheriff’s Department and myself can be found on the Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Department web page, sheriff.oktibbeha.ms.us and FACEBOOK pages- Steve C. Gladney and Help Re-Elect Steve Gladney Sheriff of Oktibbeha County.

 


 

 

As part of our monthly Blue Ribbon Business Resources series, the Greater Starkville Development Partnership will provide our membership with an opportunity to meet and hear from local candidates during the next Power Breakfast scheduled for July 8 at 7:30 a.m. at Hilton Garden Inn in Starkville. Register your attendance for the Candidate Meet & Greet, where candidates who accepted our invitation will offer a 5-minute statement, and Partnership members and constituents will have the opportunity for informal conversations with candidates before and after the program. Doors open at 7:00am on Wednesday, July 8. Power Breakfast is free for GSDP member representatives, and non-members are welcome for a fee of $25 per person.

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