Bill Thompson

Announces Candidacy

for St. Joseph County Sheriff

Although it was only a couple of months ago that I "officially" declared my candidacy for St. Joseph County Sheriff, the truth is, I've been walking the road toward this moment for the past 35 years. A veteran officer and colleague recently remarked, "Bill, it's like you've been preparing for this job your whole life". Looking back, it's so true. Every person I've encountered, every assignment, every report, every call, every minute of my career has propelled me toward this moment.

"...it's like you've been preparing for this job your whole life."

Serving as Sheriff is an awesome responsibility. The successful Sheriff must operate the jail, provide security in County buildings and Courthouses, patrol roadways and investigate crime, all while observing the statutes and regulations and remaining fiscally responsible.

As voters and taxpayers, you also have an awesome responsibility… the one to elect a Sheriff who understands the everyday operations and intricacies of the office; to elect a Sheriff who brings the experience and knowledge to guide the organization from day one and to elect a well-educated and well trained Sheriff who understands how to keep this community safe.

Robert F Kennedy once wrote "… every community gets the kind of law enforcement it insists on." On Election Day, insist on the kind of Sheriff this community needs and deserves.

Policing today is at a critical moment. Our public safety system is an integral part of the foundation of this community. I understand the role of the County Police Department now, and I know what it can be in the future. I know how it works and how it can work better. I know the people, from those who answer the phones, to the corrections officers, to cops on the street, to supervisors and critical decision-makers. I know these jobs because I have done these jobs. I also know that when all these people work together under competent leadership our community is a better and safer place. I'm committed to being that leader, to keeping our community safe, our jail secure and to being a good steward of your hard-earned tax dollar. I bring the necessary education, training and experience coupled with the common sense and vision that the people of St. Joseph County should demand of their public servants.

Thank you for your time and interest, and thank you in advance for your support.

Respectfully,

 Bill Thompson

 

 

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