TIPPECANOE CO., Ind. (WLFI) – Campaign season is heating up before May’s primary. Both Republican candidates for Tippecanoe County Sheriff spoke before the Fraternal Order of Police Tuesday evening.
Barry Richard told about 50 people gathered that his outside experience makes him the better candidate, including fiscally turning around both a subsidized apartment complex and the Boys and Girls Club.
Richard said if elected he would ask that the commissioners cut his salary to hire an additional deputy. He also wants to create at least one sheriff’s substation to help fight crime, even if it’s inside Lafayette city limits.
“There’s no boundaries for criminal activity, and drugs and crime. So, even if we were to get a substation on the south end of Lafayette – that may technically be city limits – I’m very, very certain that the city department would welcome the presence of deputies,” said Richard.
Dave Heath then spoke to the officers.
Heath said his experience, including two terms as sheriff, two terms as mayor and five years as Community Corrections Executive Director makes him the best candidate.
Heath said the department’s road deputies and jail staff need to grow to reflect the county’s growing population.
“You have to work with the council and the commissioners to make sure that we have the funding and a planned way to grow the department. We’ve missed opportunities in the past of not growing the department as it went along. We need to catch up,” said Heath.
The Primary Election is May 6.