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First candidates officially enter race for St. Joseph County Sheriff

St. Joseph County, Ind- The race for sheriff has officially started. As of eight o’clock Wednesday morning candidates could fill out the paperwork needed to run for sheriff.

Two men were there when the doors opened. Assistant Chief William Thompson and Lt. William Redman were the first two candidates to declare their candidacy.

Thompson is a 35 year veteran of the St. Joseph County Police Department.  Over that time he has lead the SWAT and scuba dive teams, served as an undercover drug enforcement investigator, homicide detective and patrol supervisor.

“There are a couple of challenges that we have now that we haven’t face in the past,” said Thompson. “I think we can really impact if we put the right sort of programs and right sort of people on that problem.”

Redman has been with the St. Joseph County Police department for 23 years. He has served in every division of the department throughout his time as an Officer. Redman currently serves as the afternoon patrol shift supervisor, managing 20 officers throughout the county.

“I’ve done a lot of public relation type jobs, with being a DARE officer and public information officer working with local media on a day to day basis for several years,” said Redman. “I think that’s helped me become a better communicator and I think communication and organization are key to running a police department.”

Both Redman and Thompson are running for the Democratic nomination. The primary election is scheduled for May 8th and the general election will be November 8th.

Stick with ABC 57 News as other candidates file to enter the race for sheriff.

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