Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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April 22, 2014

Three Republicans set sights on sheriff's office

Three Republicans, are competing for Ripley County sheriff.

They come from a variety of backgrounds, but all want to do their part to make the county safer for its citizens.

Rob Bradley says, “My motivation for wanting to be sheriff has been a part of my career goal I set some time ago. With my current 13 years of service at the sheriff’s office, I could round off my career at 21 years if I serve eight years as sheriff. I then may have other political aspirations for county government.”

Jeff Cumberworth notes, “I feel I can bring the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office new leadership and take the department in a different direction, offering new visions and ideas with the current employees, while working together to achieve positive results.”

Joseph Mann wants the position “so that I can offer the people of Ripely County the type of quality law enforcement they deserve.”

Each candidate has key issues to tackle if elected. Mann’s “main focus will be on the drug problem that we have in and around Ripley County. This is something that cannot be ignored. Other issues will be response times and making sure we have enough deputies on duty at all times to take care of the various tasks that the RCSO has to tackle of a daily basis.”

Bradley would work on “aggressive illegal drug enforcement, manpower issues in the department, relations with other county office holders, more programs for offenders in jail and drug education for kids in school.”

Cumberworth reports, “I would rebuild a working relationship with all elected officials in a positive and professional manner, start a Safe School program ... (and) implement a revenue recovery program. This would reimburse the county for costs of property damage from crashes.”

All three have extensive experience with police work. Cumberworth is a Safe School, emergency vehicle driving and Lidar, radar and Vascar instructor; field training officer; and has had commercial motor vehicle, crash investigation, firearms, first aid, defensive tactics and criminal investigation training. “As a trooper, I have been involved in numerous situations from fatal crashes, death investigations, domestic violence, drug arrests, traffic enforcement and natural disaster situations to presidential escorts.”

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