TROY — Former Miami County Sheriff’s Office employee Joe Mahan has thrown his hat into the ring as an independent candidate in the November election.
“While I have always been more of a conservative, I can neither align myself strictly with the Republican party, nor with the Democratic party. And, because I have always felt that the office of sheriff should be a non-partisan position — I have decided to run for sheriff as an independent candidate in the 2016 election, offering every voter in the county the opportunity to decide who will be their next sheriff in November 2016,” Mahan said in a press release.
Mahan said under the tutelage of three different sheriffs, he has gained vast knowledge of the position.
“I had the opportunity to work under three sheriffs ― Thurman Adkins, Luther Dunfee and Charles Cox — and learned from them what works and what doesn’t work,” Mahan said. “I plan to implement what I learned from them through my use of participatory management.
Mahan said he plans to implement his ideas, which he will address following the primary election in March 2016. Several other areas that Mahan said will receive his attention include:
Responsibilities of the sheriff’s office include servicing the courts and the jail. The sheriff’s office also is responsible for the care, custody and control of all inmates.
“As a former jail administrator, I know first-hand what is required to meet the standards set forth by law,” he said. “I believe it would be beneficial to work with all law enforcement administrators in the county — in addition to village and city mayors, prosecutors, public defenders, county commissioners, judges, and probation/parole personnel — to come up with a unified solution to the problems at the jail.”
Sheriff’s office personnel — The staffing levels and the proper use of current employees needs to be addressed.
“Furthermore, the age of favoritism needs to come to an end,” Mahan said.
Mahan said he believes the public needs to be involved in the office of sheriff.
“With my leadership at the Miami County Sheriff’s Office, there will be a tireless effort to work with all members of the community ― both the public and private sectors ― in order to make Miami County a safer place for all who live, work, play, and travel within our great county,” he said.
“I am more than qualified to hold the position of sheriff. I have the experience, knowledge, and training to run the office,” said Mahan, who lists among his experience:
• More than 38 years in law enforcement, 29-plus of which were spent with the Miami County Sheriff’s Office. The majority of his career was in administration, rising through the ranks of corporal, sergeant, lieutenant, captain (jail administrator, detective section, road), and finally serving as chief deputy prior to his retirement.
• Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice, Sinclair Community College; Bachelor’s degree, Tiffin University; and graduate of Northwestern Staff and Command School.
• An active commission in law enforcement, which requires he stay up-to-date with the latest training requirements mandated by the state of Ohio and the Ohio Peace Officer’s Training Commission (OPOTC).
• Serves as the commander of the OPOTC-certified Basic Peace Officer Academy held at Edison State Community College in Piqua, as well as through his other law enforcement affiliations.
• Certified through the state of Ohio to command basic peace officer academies, private security academies, and corrections academies.
• Participation in The Ohio Police and Fire Games since the ’80s, serving on their board since 1998, and serving as the president of the organization since helping to reorganize it 2008
• Networking with law enforcement from all over the state, as well as other states and countries.
“I invite all voters in Miami County to weigh their options and to look beyond the party affiliation of any candidate(s) … I have the proven leadership abilities and experience to do just that,” Mahan said. “It is time to move forward.”
For more information, visit www.ElectMahanSheriff.com or his Facebook page at Elect Mahan Sheriff.