Campaign 2014: Autauga Co. Sheriff Race


By Catalina Trivino

From Campaign 2014 --  Three republicans will soon go head to head in the June third primaries in the sheriff's race in Autauga County...

After 23 years,  Herbie Johnson will be retiring as Autauga County Sheriff. That leaves an open spot that a state trooper, a city police officer, and a chief deputy with sheriff's office are vying for.

It's a race between three candidates who have at least 20 years in law enforcement experience. Sam Rowlin says he's the best candidate for the the job. He's been a state trooper for 28 years and he says that's allowed him to know what the county's needs are.

"The mindset that's in place now is the priority at the sheriffs office is serving papers. I'm going to change that and make the priority being safety slash serving and protecting the citizens of the county," Said Rowlin.

Rowlin says he wants to get federal funding to add more deputies.

But Ron Boles, who is also vying the sheriff's seat, says he does not want to go after federal grants and instead wants the money to stay within the county.

He's spent 20 years with the Prattville Police Department and is now a supervisor for the patrol unit. Boles says he wants to build a public firing range and place deputy precincts in local schools to improve response time on calls.

"I'm offering people a different choice. The guys that are running are good men, good police officers, but I don't think you're hiring a police officer, you're hiring an administrator. And what I'm offering is to run the department efficiently with what we've got," Said Boles.

Running against them is Joe Sedinger, who has served as Autauga County Chief Deputy for the last  five years and has worked with the sheriff's office for 20 years.

While he was unavailable for an on-camera interview, he tells us he's the better candidate because of his experience in the sheriff's office. Sedinger says if he were sheriff, he would add more school resource officers, refine the county's neighborhood watch program and hire more deputies to improve on safety.

If you want to hear more from the three candidates, there will be a public forum next Friday, it will be held at the Autaugaville Volunteer Fire Department.

Voters hit the polls on June 3rd. If a candidate wins 51 percent of the vote, then they will win the seat. If not, a runoff will be held after the primaries.

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