Two Ripley County residents are vying for sheriff on the Democratic ticket.
Josh Thompson wants the job “to help this county tackle the drug issues and break-ins and to make the people of this county feel safe.”
Timothy Sutton says, “I don’t look at the sheriff’s position to be a job, but rather an opportunity to give back to Ripley County what it has so graciously given my family for four generations. I have spent most of my 28-year career of law enforcement working outside of the county for the citizens of this state, and now with the knowledge and training I have received over those years, I would like to continue to make Ripley County a safer place for the families and businesses.
“Over the years, I have been involved in the community with coaching sports at Jac-Cen-Del and having the opportunity to serve 22 years with the Osgood Fire Department. I have also been a member of the local Fraternal Order of Police since 1986 and am a member of the executive board for the Ripley County Local Coordinating Council. I will continue to be active in the community, but feel I can add my law enforcement experience and administrative skills to lead and assist Ripley County in its everyday operations of the sheriff’s department.”
If elected, he will work closely to gain trust with other elected county officials for a smoother and better functioning government, assist county school corporations with the placement of a school resource officer and provide needed law enforcement training to him or her and create a database with sheriffs of bordering counties to better identify and target criminals living in and around the area.
Thompson says he would “knock out drugs and home invasions.”
Even though he has no law enforcement background, Thompson points out, “As a concerned citizen of this county, that’s what makes me qualified.”