Pensacola News Endorses Current Escambia County Sheriff Over Former Dothan Police Chief John PowellRickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Jul 30 2012 5:50 PM
The position of sheriff in Escambia County is a difficult one. The top lawman must cover a huge and diverse area, from waterfront homes in the south and west, to rural Century with its gravel pits and fish camps in the north.
The sheriff must deal with small-time crooks and big-time criminals. He or she must run the jail, patrol the neighborhoods, deal with explosive family issues. He or she must deal with county commissioners and arm-wrestle with them over budget issues. He or she must defend the deputies and staff, even those who didn’t vote for him and might not be all that jazzed about their boss.
It’s a tough job, perhaps the toughest elected position in the county.
What is needed is a sense of professionalism to do the job, do it correctly and do it well, all the while realizing that you are not going to please everyone, including some on your own staff. The sheriff must realize that he or she will be subject to the slings and arrows that come with the position, whether from the bad guys, the public or the political opposition.