Democrat for Sheriff
Each candidate was asked to respond to three questions.
1. What are the top issues you will address in your campaign and what are your plans for moving those issues forward?
The challenges facing the Office of Sherriff are much the same as those that face all agencies. The need to be fiscally responsible and maintain a strong and productive work force will always be demanding due to the constantly changing political, judicial and community needs. I would work to let the citizens of Kent County know how much the Sherriff does and be proactive in bringing the business of the Sherriff to the people. I believe effective communication and teamwork must play a vital role in the future of the department.
The adage “a chain is only as strong as its weakest link” could not be more appropriate for the Sheriff's Office in our county and across the nation. The leadership of the future must re-kindle the morale of all the staff and instill in them a sense of pride and enthusiasm that is fueled by respect, nourished by education and training, and maintained by an honest evaluation and re-evaluation system. I would approach any changes with an open mind. In my years of service in Law Enforcement, City and State Government I have heard the concerns of countless citizens. What I hear and have witnessed firsthand is the need for more community interaction.
As a community-oriented leader, my goals for the Sheriff’s Office would be to proactively inform and educate the Kent County Citizens of the processes and procedures related to Sheriff Sales, Foreclosures, Civil Fees, Subpoenas, Levies, and other Legal Notices. I would build better communication relationships with the people I serve and the Judiciary of Kent County. Bring more Diversity into the department to effectively serve all members our population in Kent County.
I would develop monthly public workshops for our community members, enhance technology to improve customer service and streamline office practices, increase training for employees and would look to improve the equipment/technology available to the deputies.
2. What makes you uniquely qualified for the political office you seek?
I have devoted my entire adult life to public and community service and have a proven track record to include being a Law Enforcement Officer and Dover City Councilman. Both have provided me with a great opportunity to meet and make a difference in the lives of individuals and families from all walks of life in the City of Dover and across Delaware. I am a firm believer in standing up for the everyday people of our community and will continue to do so as Sheriff.
I am in my 13th year with the Delaware Department of Correction, currently serving as a trainer of Cadets at the Employee Development Center and provide refresher training for existing staff. I began my career as a correctional officer and advanced through the ranks of Cpl., Sgt. and Instructor. As a former New Jersey Superior Court Investigator and Metropolitan Police Officer in Washington, D.C., I believe both positions have given me the experience and knowledge of Judicial Procedures and ability to serve as Sheriff.
3. What community groups are you involved with and in what capacity?
I have been involved with assisting many non-profit organizations, including the Dover Interfaith Mission for Housing, Delaware Special Olympics, Dover Volunteer Fire Department, Dover Police Athletic League, the Delaware Multicultural and Civic Organization, and the Kent County SPCA. I am a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus - Holy Cross.
Member of Moose Lodge #203 - Camden/Wyoming. I served on Dover Mayor's Blue-Ribbon Commission for the homeless.
Former Member U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Member Sons of the American Legion – Dover, Member of AFSCME - Local 247 I was recognized in 2013 by a former New York City Mayor for his assistance, support and humanitarian efforts during and after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and was the recipient of 2013 Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Award and the 2014 Jefferson Award for Public Service.
Profession/employment: Instructor - State of Delaware - Dept. of Corrections; Prior Police Officer with the Metropolitan Police Dept. Washington, DC
# of years employed: 13 yrs.
Education: Associates Degree in Social Science -Essex County College; Bachelors in Political Science - Rutgers University; Graduate of the Metropolitan Police Academy, Washington, D.C.; Graduate of the Delaware Department of Correction Training Academy
Political experience: Served on the Capital School Board of Education (2011 –2015) One year as Vice President; Dover City Councilman (2015 – Present); Dover Human Relations Commission (2008 – 2010)