ATLANTA - Montmorency County residents face a sheriff election on this year's ballot, and must choose between Sheriff Don Edwards or challengers Shawn Seaver and Zac Weaver.
"I enjoy the job. I've been working in law enforcement for 32 years. It's my chosen profession and I enjoy the department and the people I work with," Edwards said. "I'm really excited about this coming year, the millage passed, so we'll have more money to serve our community better."
According to Edwards, the millage will allow an additional $494,000 to the sheriff department per year that will be primarily used to hire four patrol officers, a Huron Undercover Narcotics Team officer, and designate an officer for each district for an overall a safer community.
Seaver said in the past he worked in the department, but left due to a difference in opinion with the sheriff. However, he said he is the only candidate who is a certified deputy.
"I was there for 14 years, I know what it takes to be sheriff. Overall, I want to see standards and our work ethic raised," Seaver said. "When you have poor leadership you don't go the extra mile. We need more ambitions and higher work standards."
Some of the other changes Seaver would like to implement are to encourage deputies to work in the community and offer assistance in volunteer events.
Weaver said currently the department is run well and officers are doing a good job, but he said they could be doing more.
"I want to see better communication between different Montmorency entities - the chamber, township, and business owners should all work together to better our community," Weaver said. "I decided to run because I felt the people of Montmorency County deserve better. I would actively pursue grant money instead of always going to the commissioners, I am willing to work for you."
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