Receive our newspaper electronically with the e-Edition email. Lauer said in an interview Friday that he would remain in the sheriffs office through Jan. 31, just before Grismore takes office. The inmate work detail provides Inmates for the Franklin County landfill and also provides trash pickup for all county offices. Current Franklin County Sheriff Rickey Denton is not allowed to seek re-election since he was appointed to fill the remaining term of former Sheriff Anthony Boen.In March, Boen was sentenced to four years in federal prison after he was convicted of using excessive force on two county inmates.All three candidates told 40/29 News it's key to regain public confidence in the Franklin County Sheriff's Department. We also specialize in coverage of state finances and the impact of tax and budget policy on Vermonters. Elizabeth Hewitt covers the criminal justice system for VTDigger. GRANT NICELY, JOHNNY CROCKER AND KEN VI HUTCHISON ARE THE THREE FRANKLIN COUNTY SHERIFF'S CANDIDATES ON THE REPUBLICAN BALLOT. Another potential candidate, Paul Morits, had also put his hat in the ring for a write-in bid, and as of Wednesday evening he had campaign signs up around St. Albans. Both parties, however, are asking Grismore to remove himself from the race. The Franklin County Republican Committee, in a statement released via social media, condemned Grismores actions and called on him to withdraw from the sheriff race at this time.. Nov 08, 2022. . Hes also a reserve officer for the Ozark Police Department and is a member of the SWAT Team. COVID-19 brought many changes to all, including law enforcement, Thomas said. Franklin County sheriff candidate Chris Turner, for example, said he believes the elected sheriff has greater authority than the federal or state government. Stories written from the answers provided have been published over the past few weeks. Kevin Hutchison told 40/29 News he served approximately 17 years in the Arkansas National Guard and spent 12 years at the sheriffs department as a dispatcher, jailer, investigator and court bailiff. Though both parties have expressed a desire to support a single write-in candidate to challenge Grismore in what is likely to be an uphill battle, reaching consensus on an alternative is proving difficult. "I would like to expand that program throughout the whole county, not just martial arts, but kayaking, hiking, just get kids to see what right looks like to keep them from doing drugs at an early age.". Other attendees included Lauer and the other men who had thrown their hat into the ring for a write-in bid, as well as a reporter. "It's very important that they (the public) can go on with their lives and say, hey, our community sheriff's department has our back and we can rely on that. FRANKLIN COUNTY, Wash. - Primary Elections in Washington are tomorrow, with two candidates running for Franklin County Sheriff. Our environmental reporter is Mike Polhamus. He can be reached at email@example.com. I don't think Mark Lauer is the ideal candidate for sheriff, McCarthy said. Our environmental reporter is Mike Polhamus. Grismore said that he thinks that the vast majority of those in his department will be very excited that hes coming back. The local party met Wednesday night to discuss the county sheriff race, and party chair Zach Scheffler said the Democratic committee passed its motion of support for Lauer's write-in campaign. A lifelong resident of Franklin County, Andrews graduated from Franklin County High School in 1985. Franklin County Board of . The challenges facing the jail are ongoing maintenance issues and overcrowding with no room to classify inmates, Thomas said. His law enforcement career, which began 1996, includes the Barling and Ozark police departments. Here's how you know. The Quorum Court voted Sept. 9 to appoint Rickey Denton to serve the remainder of former sheriff Anthony Boen's four-year term, which expires Dec. 31, according to the county judge's office. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our education reporter is Tiffany Pache. The Sheriff's Office will offer fingerprinting services from 9 am until 3 pm daily by appointment only. To keep certified seasoned trained officer and keep them from leaving for surrounding counties for more money we must pay them to keep them, he said. Notifications from this discussion will be disabled. VTDigger publishes stories about Vermont environmental issues, including water quality, toxic waste, climate change and biodiversity. Grismore has made no announcement concerning his candidacy at this time, but he has a narrow window to do so since he officially won both primary races this past Tuesday. He can be reached at email@example.com. The Franklin County Citizen Leader presented each local candidate with a set of general questions ahead of Tuesdays primary. "I'll never lie to you. Nicely told 40/29 News hes spent the past 26 years working in law enforcement. Current Franklin County Sheriff Rickey Denton is not allowed to seek re-election since he was appointed to fill the remaining term of former Sheriff Anthony Boen. <> "we need the community to be part of the sheriff's office. Sheriff of Franklin County, Kyle Bacon The mission of the Franklin County Sheriff's Office is to work in partnership with our fellow citizens of Franklin County to enhance the quality of life in our community by raising the level of public safety through law enforcement and community service, and to work with other groups and organizations to accomplish these goals. He also spoke of the importance of the sheriff leading by example, working with other law enforcement agencies in the county and ensuring regular training for deputies in multiple fields. Franklin County was formed in 1883, and is named after Benjamin Franklin. Let us know what's going on! "There's just a multitude of different classes that they can go to, and sometimes, especially in a small department, it's hard to get them there because if one person leaves for training, then it leaves you short-staffed elsewhere," Nicely said. <> "knowledge is the be st thing you have in law enforcement, becausef i you don't have a ny knowledge of law enforcement or of the sheriff's departme, nt you're just kind of lost and you're relying on somebody else and I want the publico t know they can rely on me and not somebody under me." = candidate completed the Ballotpedia Candidate Connection survey. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. But he said this week he is withdrawing his bid and urged the local parties to support Lauer. I feel that my experience in working with county administrators and being a full-time working sheriff will make Franklin County Sheriffs Department the best in Northeast Georgia.. VTDigger covers criminal justice issues including Vermont legal issues, Vermont courts and the Vermont Department of Corrections. VTDigger publishes daily stories on health care. I am praying for the health and safety of all Franklin County residents and that you continue to take care of each other. <> "I feel that at least early on the sheriff should be there at least 50 to 60 hours a week. The sheriff's race could be decided during the Republican primary election. Things could be better, but they're just not; Union threatens strike at DFA creamery, GALLERY: St. Albans Town Hall opens its doors for ribbon cutting, Woman falls down shaft on Congress St.; 'You don't usually see it. The incoming Franklin County Sheriff, who . Our beat reporters are on the ground covering local government, schools, sports, business and culture. Hours Office Hours Mon-Fri: 8am - 5pm I need people to see what's going on and to tell me what's going on," he said. Lauer spent far more on his campaign than Messier and Grismore, according to campaign finance reports, and the lieutenants campaign signs far outnumbered those of his opponents on lawns and roadways across the county. Raymond and Chris Turner ran in the primary for Franklin County Sheriff on August 2, 2022. Erickson said he would feel unsafe protesting in Franklin County knowing that the sheriff had made a post questioning the utility of speaking out against injustices. In video of the Aug. 7 incident, Grismore can be seen kicking a 42-year-old Winooski man in the groin, pushing him back onto a bench. Box 580, 12150 Augusta Road VTDigger publishes daily stories on health care. 2022 Franklin County Sheriff election is taking shape, check the candidates and their Facebook pages https://www.facebook.com/Troy-Wheless-for-Franklin-County-Sheriff . platform to be a safe and inclusive community where you can freely 2023, Arkansas Hearst Television Inc. on behalf of KHBS-TV. Full-Time. document.getElementById( "ak_js_2" ).setAttribute( "value", ( new Date() ).getTime() ); This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged. Missing out on the latest scoop? <> "It's very important tt ha they can go on with thr ei lives and say hey, o ur community sheriff's department has our back and we can rely on that." <> "CURRENT FRANKLIN COUNTY SHERIFF RICKEY DENTON N CA NOT SEEK RE-ELECTION SIN CE HE WAS APPOINTED TO FILL T HE REMAINING TERM OF THE FORMER SHERIFF. Hutchison said he also wants to address ongoing issues of drugs and thefts as sheriff. The case was docketed in the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals April 4. I wouldnt say its impossible, but thats a tall order, Luneau told committee members. A jury in the U.S. District Court convicted Boen, 51, of two federal counts of deprivation of rights Aug. 9. Candidates for Franklin County Sheriff present platforms By News Staff on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 The Franklin County Citizen Leader presented each local candidate with a set of general questions ahead of Tuesday's primary. After that, he plans to leave and will make a change in my career if thats necessary.. I feel that, at least early on, the sheriff should be there at least 50 to 60 hours a week. He explained Franklin County has two county seats, Ozark to the north of the Arkansas River and Charleston to the south. Education:Ozark High School. Erin Mansfield is VTDiggers health care reporter. We also specialize in coverage of state finances and the impact of tax and budget policy on Vermonters. Prior to moving to Vermont, he reported from Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio and Colorado. I was also responsible supervising troopers and patrol of three up to five different counties All this involved working with local leaders, sheriffs, chiefs, judges and sometimes, county and city commissioners. Lauer was hired at the Franklin County Sheriff's Office in 2017 and currently works with the Northwest Unit for Special Investigations, which is responsible for investigating crimes such as sexual assualt and child abuse. What started as a simple courthouse detail that included mowing the grass and weedeating the grounds, now has developed into a multifaceted program. We cover the states hospitals, the states psychiatric care system, the Green Mountain Care Board, insurers, state health care policy, Medicaid and Medicare. Jack Thurston. News broke about an investigation into Grismore on Tuesday, Aug. 9, and the subsequent video of his actions was released a day later. w. NICELY SAYS HE'S SPENT 26 YEARS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT AND IS A FORR ME INVESTIGATOR WITH THE OZARK POLICE DEPARTMT EN AND NOW SERVES AS A SHIFT SUPERVISOR IN THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT. CARNESVILLE Scott Andrews has a career worth of law enforcement experience as qualifications for the office of Franklin County Sheriff. She can be reached at email@example.com. Franklin County. The candidate also advocates for a work-release facility for inmates. FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ill. (KBSI) - The Franklin County Sheriff's Office is seeking information on the whereabouts of a man last seen at his home in rural Franklin County. There are no Democrat candidates running for sheriff in Franklin County. VTDigger publishes stories about Vermont environmental issues, including water quality, toxic waste, climate change and biodiversity. Crocker said he believes the sheriff needs to get out and interact with residents in the community and always have an open door policy. Mark Lauer gets Democrat nod as write-in candidate for Franklin County Sheriff; Gale Messier continues race. FORT SMITH -- Accessibility and visibility are high priorities for the three men competing to become Franklin County's next sheriff. John Grismore won Tuesday's election with 8,900 votes, according to unofficial results from the Secretary of State's office that were posted Friday afternoon. He also imposed a $4,800 fine and a $200 special assessment. Social Media. The man kicked by Capt. click here. Candidates for Franklin County Sheriff present platforms, Lavonia townhomes recommended with conditions, Building inspections to continue, but county to consider tweaks, Life-saving heroes honored at commissioners meeting. Dont attack our journalists. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. The .gov means it's official He said that if more people had voted at the polls in person Tuesday he wouldve had a better chance.. Luneau insisted that all meeting attendees who were not committee members leave the room for roughly 10 minutes so the committee could deliberate and vote in private. <> "SINCE THERE'S NO DEMOCRAT CANDIDATE, THE WINNER OF THE REPUBLICAN PRIMARY WILL BE THE NEXT FRANKLIN COUNTY SHERIFF UNLESS NO ONE GETS MORE THAN 50 PERCENT OF THE VOTES, THEN THEY'LL BE A RUNOFF ELECTION. Other members, including McCarthy, argued that it was more important for the party to back a write-in candidate who was palatable to the GOP such as Lauer with a goal of giving county voters a single, write-in alternative to Grismore this fall. Hes so much in trouble, the man added. Success! He currently is a supervisor with the sheriffs department. Franklin Countys Republican committee voted unanimously at a meeting Wednesday evening at St. Albans City Hall to endorse a write-in campaign for Mark Lauer, a lieutenant in the Franklin County Sheriffs Office who identifies as an independent. Our education reporter is Tiffany Pache. Messier told VTDigger that he wasnt surprised by Grismores win but had been aiming to at least finish second so that, if Grismore is removed from office, he would be well-positioned to replace him. FRANKLIN COUNTY Local political parties are calling for Franklin Countys sheriff candidate to step down from the race after video surfaced earlier this week showing he aggressively kicked a man in custody. Columbus, OH. I have made every effort and used every possible resource to protect our children, not only at their homes, but at our schools. I humbly ask for your prayers and support on June 9. Do these What I've heard is, he's a competent leader and the deputies will support him., He added: John Grismore cannot be the sheriff. ; Harrisburg, 43126, VACANT - Pending Appt. "I feel that I'm the one with the most experience, my record shows that. There was a problem saving your notification. 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Occupation:Patrol sergeant, Franklin County Sheriffs Office; active military police member, Arkansas Army National Guard. The coronavirus pandemic has brought the need for the sheriffs office to be prepared with a response plan to protect the community and deputies. The inmate work detail has also become involved with the school system in that we provide clean up services after sporting events (i.e. He also pointed to the knowledge he's received by being from Franklin County and Ozark. The sheriff oversees the county's law enforcement department, including deputies and administrative support. All three candidates told 40/29 News it's key to regain public confidence in the Franklin County Sheriff's Department. We are also responsible for any medical and dental issues these inmates incur while they are in the other facilities, which means we must pick them up to bring them back to see the doctor or dentist. He spent 27 years with the agency in multiple roles revolving around cyber crime before retiring in 2013. Jay Cook - Sheriff (Jay.Cook@franklincountyny.gov) Phone: 518-483-3304 Bruce Barney . Sign up for Final Reading for a rundown on the day's news in the Legislature. For the FCT. In 2005, my first year elected as Sheriff I promised all citizens that I would be accessible to them. - Manage notification subscriptions, save form progress and more. He cant get elected to that office it would be just disastrous for Franklin County.. However, he was surprised that his son . He currently is a supervisor with the sheriffs department. <> "what the sheriff needs to be is a manager. The parties backed Lauers write-in campaign instead. Samessenger.com publishes new content daily. Those deputies later told a state police investigator that they felt the situation was already under control, disputing Grismores accounts to police and to the press. The jail is rated for 72 inmates, Thomas said, but most often has more than 100 in custody. The final tally also included 2,965 blank votes. Thomas said his 16 years of experience in the job Is a big plus for me. MEET KEVIN WHITE Here's why he's the best choice for Franklin County Sheriff. That means grand juries have recommended improvements 36 times, the sheriff said. The Franklin County Democratic Committee, chaired by Zach Schleffer, also released a statement asking for Grismore to end his campaign. Franklin County sheriff candidates prioritize public interaction by Thomas Saccente | April 24, 2022 at 1:00 a.m. Johnny Crocker (from left), Kevin Hutchison and Grant Nicely FORT SMITH --. After a lengthy investigation, then a review by outside officials, a candidate to lead the Franklin County Sheriff's Office was formally charged Monday with simple assault a . At Tuesdays Democratic meeting, member Reier Erickson described seeing a post that called out peaceful protestors. In a later interview, member Hadley Priebe who also spoke at the meeting pointed to a post on Lauers Facebook page from 2018 in which the candidate appears to have written several paragraphs describing my protest to the protestors., Lauers post went on: Instead of bowing down and taking a knee to the problem, why don't you stand up and work towards correcting the problem?. The sheriff said he would like to see the county agree to an expansion of the jail and remodeling some of the existing building. The former deputy has continued to deny wrongdoing. The sheriff said he wants to continue to improve protocols that benefit enforcement of child abuse, violent crimes, crimes against senior citizens, domestic violence and white collar crime. document.getElementById( "ak_js_2" ).setAttribute( "value", ( new Date() ).getTime() ); This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged. John Grismore sits in the booking area of the Franklin County Sheriff's Office after after his arrest. As the man stood up again, Grismore kicked him. He initially ran as a Republican, but he also won the Democratic nomination after winning enough write-in votes in the primary election. Yep. RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- Cedric Herring is one of eight candidates running against Wake County Sheriff Gerald Baker Last month, he turned in his resignation. Nicely has been a patrol sergeant in the Franklin County Sheriff's Office since January, having previously worked in the department from October 2012 to December 2013. "The Franklin County Democrats encourage voters to write-in Mark Lauer for Sheriff," Scheffler said by email. An official government website. Town clerks have 48 hours after the election to submit final results to the Secretary of States Office. Nicely described the Franklin County Sheriff's Office as small compared to other departments, such as its counterparts in Sebastian, Crawford and Johnson counties. Thomas said changes can end up costing more money, so any adjustments must be more cost efficient and save taxpayers money. I went to school in Enosburg. One such idea is enhanced remote technology for court appearances using the internet. Jasper Craven covers politics for VTDigger. 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One of the names is Gale Messier, a former Chittenden County Sheriff's office employee. I want to know where our problems are and what you need from us. Its not the overall population.. Employee pay and ongoing issues at the Franklin County Jail are key challenges, Thomas said. Success! In order to avoid a runoff election, a candidate must receive more than 50% of the votes. Josh Ellerbrock covers the western side of Franklin County and specializes in state government, politics and community news. During the exchange, the man told Grismore that he caught Grismores actions on camera, and Grismore then left the cameras view to get a spit hood to place over the mans head. 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Grismore said Friday that the video was taken out of context and that voters see through all that and recognized the person that I really am and the contributions Ive made in law enforcement.. or attack others wont be allowed. An email has been sent to with a link to confirm list signup. <> "you have to have a sheriff that is accessible to the public, and that's part of my plan." This is just for housing. I think just the older generation just went down and checked in the box, you know, and didn't know who was in the race. Neither these AP materials nor any portion thereof may be stored in a computer except for personal and noncommercial use. Grismore told VTDigger in an interview that he decided to intervene because he did not believe two other deputies were successfully de-escalating the situation. The maintenance issues are hard to keep up with due to the age of the building, he said. He won with 8,900 votes, according to the results released Friday. Candidates are highly encouraged to send current test scores to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, as the office has generously offered to cover the fee for candidates to transfer their NTN scores. The AP will not be held liable for any delays, inaccuracies, errors or omissions therefrom or in the transmission or delivery of all or any part thereof or for any damages arising from any of the foregoing. VTDigger publishes Vermont business and economic news. Editor's Note: "Meet the Candidates" will be a regular feature informing you about our local candidates leading up to the November general election. Franklin County Sheriff's Office Announcements: New Sheriff Elected! VTDigger is now accepting letters to the editor. I'm currently working in law enforcement and the way the laws change and the changing dynamic of law enforcement, I believe you have to have somebody who's current with the times when it comes to enforcing the law," he said. Many state and federal websites end in .gov, a domain only used by government entities in the U.S. ROSTER OF ELECTED OFFICIALS IN FRANKLIN COUNTY, Franklin County Clerk of the Courts of Common Pleas, JUDGE OF THE 10TH DISTRICT COURT OF APPEALS, JUDGE OF THE FRANKLIN COUNTY COURTS OF COMMON PLEAS, JUDGE OF THE FRANKLIN COUNTY MUNICIPAL COURT, VACANT - Pending Appt. = candidate completed the Ballotpedia Candidate Connection survey. Prior to moving to Vermont, he reported from Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio and Colorado. Lauer added he would absolutely be committed to unbiased policing should he get elected. email@example.com (984) 297-4384 website Facebook. He also hopes to establish programs through the Sheriff's Office to mentor youth in an effort to dissuade them from taking drugs, something in which he has experience as the co-owner of Ozark Family Fitness in Ozark. Stories written from the answers provided have been published over the past few weeks.