Thu, April 02

Steve Waugh wants to be Sheriff<br><i>Candidate shares his plan</i>

Staff photo by Dean H. Borgwardt

Candidate for Yavapai County Sheriff Steve Waugh revealed his six-point plan for the Sheriff's office.

He said that some 11,000 members of public safety in Yavapai County, including active and retired police officers and sheriff's deputies, firefighters and corrections officers, "I'm proud that they want me as their sheriff," he said.

Waugh claims that he has the experience and training to do the job as sheriff of Yavapai County.

"I started my career in law enforcement at age 19 and most of my experience is in line operations and jail operations," he said. "I've been in the trenches and in the board meetings."

He said that he intends to address the sheriff's budget, improve response time and support and provide basic law enforcement in all communities.

Further, he wants to form a county advisory partnership with civilians, work closely with the 13 or so police agencies within the county and improve cooperation with state and local law enforcement.

"These goals are attainable and I feel I can accomplish them," he added. "We need to balance the needs of employees with the needs of the community and I have the experience to do this."

He intends, if elected, to work for a smarter use of resources and improve communications and relationships with law enforcement and local government.

During the meeting, Waugh presented his "six-point" plan for the Sheriff's office.

Waugh plans a more efficient, responsive and progressive sheriff's office.

He said his six-point plan includes reduced response time for law enforcement through extensive restructuring of the current system, fiscal accountability by efficient management of the sheriff's office budget and creating a working relationship with the County Board of Supervisors.

Also, improve employee morale by creating better employee relationship with management with better communication and to audit jail funding, operations, management and procedures.

The final two points of Waugh's plan is to include community involvement by bridging the gap between the public and the sheriff's office by establishing a community advisory partnership and aggressive crime fighting.

Waugh said if elected, he intends to fight drugs in the county. He has been married for 36 years, has two children and two grandchildren and has lived in Yavapai County for seven years.

He has an undergraduate degree in criminal justice and is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy. He has taught criminal law, police ethics and police management and has some 30 years in law enforcement and jail management. Election Day is Sept. 7.

For more information on sheriff's candidate, Steve Waugh, go on-line at

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