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Hamilton County Sheriff

Salary: $110,624 Term: 4 yearsResponsibilities: To provide services to the courts, to oversee the county jail, and to act as chief law enforcement officer for the county.

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    Bruce Hoffbauer
    (Rep)

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    Charmaine McGuffey
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

In what ways might law enforcement evolve in the next five years? How would you prepare the Sheriff's Office for those changes? (500 character limit)

What can the Sheriff do to improve public trust in law enforcement? (500 character limit)

How should the Sheriff's Office further the use of alternatives to imprisonment? (500 character limit)

Twitter @Bruce4Sheriff
Occupation Currently a retired Police Lieutenant with the Cincinnati Police Department
Education Graduate of Elder High School. Associates degree in Law Enforcement Technology from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati and graduate from the Southern Police Institute at U of L
Experience Cincinnati Police Officer for 34 years. Started career in Law Enforcement in 1985 as a Hamilton County Deputy Sheriff assigned to the Workhouse and Justice Center
Political Philosophy Republican. I believe in clear leadership, fiscal discipline, following the rule of law, and community engagement.
Endorsements Hamilton County Republican Party endorsed candidate. After the primary, the list of endorsements, including some unions FOP 69, Cinti. Area Board of Realtors, Sheriff Jim Neil, Former CPD Police Chief and current Chief of the Detroit Police Dept. James Craig. More endorsements coming this week.
One of the most important aspects of being an effective leader is having the ability to adapt to and effect change. Law enforcement is no exception. In my almost 35 years as a police officer how law enforcement has done the job has changed dramatically, and almost all of that change has been positive. the public needs to know that we will make changes to policy and procedures when necessary. As I said before, we need to constantly be looking to improve.
Also, the community needs to know that we will admit when mistakes are made. Like any large organizations, people will make mistakes and there will be missteps. A true leader is willing to accept responsibility when this happens. I have never been one to shy away from responsibility or push blame elsewhere to avoid it myself. If mistakes are made, I will confront them head on and be transparent with the public at all times.
The Hamilton County Sheriff’s office has done a great job of increasing options as it pertains to alternatives to imprisonment, such as the heroin recovery pod and utilizing the Talbert House. When possible, we should look to utilize these resources that will assist people in making corrections to their life and returning to society. The state legislature and Congress have the responsibility to make decisions as it pertains to criminal justice reform. As Sheriff I will uphold the law.
Twitter @CharmMcGuffey
Occupation Retired Major with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and currently an Independent Consultant on issues related to justice reform.
Education Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati. Specialized training: Ohio Peace Officer, Crisis Intervention Skills Instructor, Victims Assistance & Hostage Negotiation, Certified Instructor Trainer/Training for Trainers.
Experience Thirty three-year veteran, Ham County Sheriff’s Office;. held rank of Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, then Major, highest ranking woman ever to serve; lead hostage negotiator; Commander of Jail & Court Services; balanced $36 mil annual budget.
Political Philosophy Life-long Democrat and am passionate about the fair treatment of people, in particular related to a fair system of justice. I may be considered progressive because I believe that justice reform is past due in our community, however, I believe that policies of fair treatment, fiscal responsibility, safety for prisoners and our community are not progressive-only values. I am a strong supporter of labor with the emphasis on safe working conditions, fair wages, and benefits for all workers.
Endorsements Sherrod Brown Aftab Pureval 1889 Friends of The Sentinels Cecil Thomas Yvette Simpson John Cranley P.G. Sittenfeld Chris Seelbach Greg Landsman Wendell Young Jan-Michele L. Kearney Roxanne Qualls Denise Driehaus Stephanie S Dumas Victoria Parks Catherine Ingram Sedrick Denson Brigid Kelly Iris Roley Bobby Hilton Laverne Mitchell Aaron Brown James Wolf Thaddeus Hoffmeister Ryan Messer Dwight Tillery Cinti Women’s Pol Caucus Matriots Cinti AFLCIO Cinti Fed of Teachers UFCW75 UAW CAP AFSCME OH8
Affliations Board Member, Women’s City Club and Cincinnati Union Bethel; Member, Human Rights Campaign; former member of the Ohio Jail Administration Board; former volunteer for the HOOPS Program for Disadvantaged Children; Member, Leadership Cincinnati Class 39
Law enforcement will and must evolve to build trust with the community. The culture of any organization begins at the top and I am committed to leading the Sheriff’s Office with integrity, accountability, transparency and a commitment to community engagement. We will create a culture of excellence, a culture where every deputy in the department is committed to equal justice for all. I will also establish a Citizens Review Advisory Board that would be the first of its kind in the State of Ohio.
Improving public trust with the community is critical. I will build trust by continuing to engage the community with a focus on community policing. I want our deputies to be respected and I also want them to be respectful. I will create a Community Liaison Unit to improve transparency and communication with the public. I will invest in training that emphasizes building skills in community policing, de-escalation, and implicit bias, equal to those used when responding to crimes of violence.
Policing mostly is trying to resolve situations faced by members in our community damaged by poverty and its root causes. I will collaborate and align our response to such incidents with mental health/social service professionals working with our deputies. I will champion alternatives such as electronic monitoring and no-cash bail for non-violent misdemeanor offenders so people don’t languish in jail simply because they cannot afford bail. It just pushes people further and further into poverty.