LANSING, Mich. — Scott Hodshire, a 40-year Hillsdale County Resident, Firefighter, former Corrections Officer and former Marine Patrol Deputy announces his candidacy for Hillsdale County Sheriff. The Office of Sheriff is the oldest and one of the most important law enforcement offices, accountable directly to the constitution of the United States and the State of Michigan Constitution and represents law, order, justice, and service. The Office of Sheriff is also accountable to the citizens of Hillsdale County. “It is an office that must exhibit trust, transparency and honesty.” says Scott Hodshire. “I am running for Hillsdale County Sheriff to uphold the laws and statutes and to restore the honor and integrity of this great office. As I visit residents throughout Hillsdale County, they are concerned about the welfare and safety of our community. Eliminating services, shutting down shifts and dismantling road patrols is unacceptable as there are more efficient ways to structure the Sheriff’s Office.” Sheriff Candidate Hodshire has a strategic plan for restoring important programs and protecting the citizens of Hillsdale County which includes implementing community & neighborhood watch programs, reinstituting the inmate labor program that provides services to local non-for-profits, and forming a collaborative relationship with area drug teams to pool resources to combat the war on drugs in our neighborhood. “We must once again participate with a regional and state-wide drug team to reduce the alarming number of crimes committed that are associated with the manufacture, sale and transportation of illegal drugs in our community”, says Hodshire.
School Safety is a key concern within our Country and we find the same fears and concerns right here in our local community schools. “Re-establishing a school resource officer program that focuses on teaching anti-bully behaviors, resistance to drug and alcohol and mitigating criminal offenses before they all become major events will be a top priority of my administration”, says Hodshire. The reality of jail overcrowding has not been addressed and there must be a better approach to the “catch and release” system currently used. Through community partnerships, budget restructuring and priority, state and federal grants, and looking for new ways of financing such as the USDA Rural Development program, there must be a solution to this serious problem.
Scott Hodshire has the support of numerous law enforcement personnel and retired law enforcement leaders. Former Hillsdale County Sheriff Office Captain, David Braxmaier, stated; “Scott Hodshire is a workhorse and I valued my time working with him at the Hillsdale County Sheriff’s Office and I look forward to him serving as our next Sheriff.” Certified Police Officer, Security Director and former Sheriff Deputy Nathan Lambright states; “I started my career with Scott Hodshire on the Marine Patrol Division and Scott Hodshire is one of the most hard-working officers I have worked and trained with in my career.” Other community leaders such as former State Representative Ken Kurtz shared similar thoughts; “I have known the Hodshire family for decades and they are hardworking, honest and driven. I know that Scott will do a great job as Hillsdale County Sheriff.” Scott Hodshire retired as a Lieutenant with the Camden Fire Department and spent 20 years working part-time at the Hillsdale County Sheriff’s Office as a Marine Patrol Deputy, Certified Corrections Deputy and Commander of the Reserve Division while maintaining a full-time management position in Industry and Manufacturing. Hodshire served 8 years as a Village of Camden Council Member. Sheriff Candidate Hodshire has experience with directing multi-million-dollar budgets, supervision of hundreds of personnel, and operating complex companies. In the weeks and months to come, Scott will be hosting numerous community forums and participating in many community events.
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