Friday, November 28, 2014

Republican opponent says he can do better job as county sheriff

By DYLAN LYSEN, Herald Staff Writer | 6/2/2014

With decades of experience in local law enforcement, Michael Reed thinks he has the experience and leadership qualities it takes to serve as Franklin County sheriff, he said.

Reed, who most recently worked as a detective for the sheriff’s office, filed to run as a Republican for Franklin County sheriff against incumbent Jeff Richards. The two will face off in the August GOP primary.

With decades of experience in local law enforcement, Michael Reed thinks he has the experience and leadership qualities it takes to serve as Franklin County sheriff, he said.

Reed, who most recently worked as a detective for the sheriff’s office, filed to run as a Republican for Franklin County sheriff against incumbent Jeff Richards. The two will face off in the August GOP primary.

“I’ve got 26 years of law enforcement experience, all here in Franklin County, and I think I can do a better job than what he does at being sheriff,” Reed said.

Two of his top priorities, if elected, involve attacking crime in the county and schools, he said.

“No. 1: Try to get our deputies out to the county to patrol the county better to reduce the crime rate,” Reed said. “And I would like to look into getting resource officers back in to our schools.”

Reed’s law enforcement service began in 1983 with the Ottawa Police Department, he said. He then moved to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office in 1990 to serve in the drug enforcement unit. In 1995, Reed moved to the Wellsville Police Department where he eventually was promoted to police chief. He served in that position until returning in 2004 to the sheriff’s office, where he served as a detective until June 2013.

Richards is running for sheriff for the first time, having been appointed to the position by Gov. Brownback in 2013 after then-elected Sheriff Jeff Curry resigned amid allegations of criminal wrongdoing.

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