Nov 04, 2014
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Sarah HarveyCampaign Manager for Rick Ervin
September 30, 2014
Dear Iredell County Citizens,
Last week, I explained how I will manage the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office to avoid future issues like the sexual harassment lawsuit that you have been reading about in the press. Today I want you to know about other differences in the way I will manage the office, if you choose to elect me as your next sheriff.
I feel strongly that it takes a joint effort from law enforcement, churches, schools, nonprofit organizations and citizens to keep the community safe. Community policing includes all law enforcement agencies in Iredell County along with first responders, government leaders, students and citizens. I will make collaboration a key part of my time as sheriff.
As a Special Agent for NCIS, I expected and appreciated the fact that I was subject to random drug testing. I could be confident in my partner’s readiness and he or she could be confident in mine when we were called into tense situations.
I will implement mandatory drug testing for all personnel in the Sheriff’s Office. Our people should be expected to obey the laws they enforce. These officers should have the same confidence in the readiness of their colleagues that I enjoyed.
Drugs are a complex social issue. A collaborative effort involving law enforcement, churches, non-profit organizations, substance/mental health specialists, students and parents is needed to manage this problem and lower the damage that drugs do to our communities and our families. I have been involved in drug investigations since 1978 and will bring the best ideas I have seen from around the nation to attack this problem.
Recent events have damaged the trust between Iredell County residents and their Sheriff’s Office. We can restore the trust that has been lost by taking decisive actions and staying true to our values. In 5 weeks, it will be up to you as voters to decide who is best equipped to take these actions. I am confident most voters will look beyond the party labels on the ballot to the experience, abilities and attitudes of the candidates.
If you have any questions or concerns, please give me a call at 704-402-3900. I look forward to seeing you at the polls and would appreciate your vote on November 4.
This Ad is located in Statesville Record and Landmark on page 3A
Dear Iredell County Citizens:
The people in any law enforcement agency rely on their training, their weapons and their vehicles to help them patrol and investigate crimes. They also rely on the trust of the public to alert them to activities that don’t seem right. There can be no question that this trust in the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office has been damaged by the actions of one individual. We know from public records that at least two victims of domestic violence sought help from the Sheriff’s office and ended up receiving unwanted sexual advances from this person. The senior leaders in the sheriff’s office made the problem worse by failing to dismiss this person years ago when an internal investigation found these accusations to be true.
You deserve to know how I will manage the Sheriff’s Office differently if I am elected as your next sheriff. In my 25 years of work with Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), I have had the chance to work with law enforcement agencies all over the country. I will bring the best ideas in hiring, promotion and retention to this office. There are interview techniques and employment tests that can help spot people who have a tendency to abuse power before they are hired and put in a position of public trust.
When a problem arises or accusations are made against an officer, I will insist on a timely and thorough internal investigation that addresses the issue. An accused officer who is innocent of the charges deserves to have his or her name cleared as quickly as possible. If an officer is found to have abused power, it won’t take five years to dismiss that person from the department.
I am excited about the young people who are studying law enforcement and criminal justice and who are gaining experience in other agencies. As openings arise, I will aggressively recruit these talented men and women to join us. A more diverse and capable sheriff’s office will be the result. I know that most officers in the Sheriff’s office neither participated in, nor condoned, the attitudes and behaviors of the man at the center of the lawsuit we have read about. This includes my opponent in the sheriff’s campaign.
We can restore the trust that has been lost by taking decisive actions and staying true to our values. This fall, it will be up to the voters to decide who is best equipped to take these actions. If you have questions for me, please give me a call at 704-402-3900.
Please come out Monday April 28th at 6:30pm for the Democratic Sheriff's Forum. All are invited and everyone is encouraged to attend. This will be held at the Old Statesville Court House which is located at 200 South Center St. Statesville NC.
It will be a great opportunity for everyone to meet Rick Ervin and the higher level of Professional Law Enforcement experience he will bring to Iredell County. We look forward to seeing and meeting everyone Monday evening!
Compliance with State and Federal Law
Higher level of professional law enforcement
A collaborative effort between law enforcement and the community
Rick Ervin is committed to being Everyone's Sheriff. He believes that Iredell County needs a higher level of professional law enforcement to handle the ever changing circumstances. Rick’s entire law enforcement career has helped prepare him for this challenge.