November 2, 2012

Grady County Sheriff debate

OKLAHOMA — What is the first thing you will change if elected?

Jim Weir (R): If elected the first change I will implement is to have the deputies start working off the county radio frequency instead of the 800 system. They will still have the 800 system for back up. Working over the county radio frequency not only lets the municipalities in the county know what is going on around their towns and cities it will lighten the work load on the dispatchers making them more efficient.

Jeff Franklin (D):  If elected, I will continue to make our presence known, which will help in deterring the current crime rate in Grady County.

How many of the current deputies will you keep and how many do you plan to bring on?

JF:  I plan to keep those who are currently working for the department. To my knowledge, the department is short six officers who have resigned. So, for the meantime, I will work with those still there and make adjustments to the sheriff's office, which may include hiring additional officers if it is needed. Otherwise, I will work with what I have.

JW:  At this time I cannot state how many of the current deputies I will keep.  I have been monitoring the sheriff’s office since the primary. There were a few very experienced and capable deputies that were dismissed without cause.  Many deputies have already left seeking other employment even though I assured them that my staff would evaluate every one before making any personnel decisions.  I am sure we will keep some of the current deputies and also offer positions to some of the qualified deputies that were dismissed without cause.

What is the number one policing issue in Grady County?

JW:  Although illegal drugs are always a problem, at this time the number one policing problem in the county is a large amount of burglaries and larcenies. I have been in contact with  District Attorney Jason Hicks and know his investigators are working diligently on this problem.

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