Smith wants change in Granville sheriff’s office

Apr. 17, 2014 @ 05:23 PM

Ronald M. Smith Sr. wants to bring change to the Granville County Sheriff’s Office.

“I will make the changes people are asking for,” he said.

Smith is one of three sheriff candidates in the Democratic primary. Brindell Wilkins Jr. is running for re-election, and Jamye Hughes is also a candidate.

Smith grew up in Butner and attended South Granville High School.

He took his first law enforcement job in 1996 when he joined the Granville County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy.

“I had tried for a long time to get in law enforcement in Granville County,” he said.

He was promoted after about a year to detective in investigations and then to patrol sergeant.

In 2003, Smith left the sheriff’s office to work as a senior officer in Butner Public Safety.

Growing up in Granville County, he lived across the street from the Butner Public Safety office and admired the officials who worked there.

“Watching them when I was a kid, it stayed in my mind as something I wanted to do,” he said.

He left the Butner Public Safety office after about five years and took a job at the Warren County Sheriff’s Office in investigations.

After 15 years in law enforcement, Smith believes he is qualified to be the county’s top lawman.

“I have experience in the sheriff’s office,” he said. “I worked in different fields, including patrol, investigations and narcotics.”

If elected, Smith said he would hold the residents of Granville County as his highest priority.

“The sheriff represents the citizens of the county, and the sheriff is entrusted to serve them,” he said. “I want to ensure that Granville County taxpayers are getting the services that they are paying for.”

Smith said he would increase the level of transparency.

“It should be an open line of communication between the citizens and sheriff’s office,” he said. “Any elected official should be in the public eye as much as they can, not just every four years.”

Smith added that he would guarantee each department is run as efficiently as possible.

“As sheriff I will work very closely with local law enforcement to ensure the security of our county,” he said. “I would not be afraid to use outside resources to assist me in investigations of certain cases. I want the citizens to know they can believe in me, and I love Granville County as much as they do.”


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