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The Journal Gazette

Friday, October 12, 2018 1:00 am

Election preview

Democrat challenges incumbent for sheriff

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

At a glance

Allen County sheriff

David J. Gladieux

Republican

Age: 54

Education: Graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy; attended the National Fire Academy Emmitsburg, Maryland, for fire/arson investigation; graduated from the 241st session of the FBI National Academy

Place of work: Elected Allen County sheriff in 2014

Philip R. Davis

Democrat

Age: 61

Education: South Side High School; DePauw University (B.A.); Indiana University (MBA.); Indiana Tech (J.D.); CCIM designation (commercial real estate education)

Profession: Real estate broker and appraiser

Place of work: Owner of Davis Realty Services

Philip R. Davis, a real estate broker and appraiser, says he's an unconventional candidate challenging Allen County Sheriff David Gladieux in the November election.

No Democrat has held the office of county sheriff since the 1930s, and Davis, 61, a Democrat, believes it's time for a change.

Davis said he believes his education and background as a certified public accountant with a law degree and an MBA in finance would be put to good use when it comes to the “administrative demands” of a sheriff. The sheriff's position is an administrative oversight and long-term strategy job, Davis wrote in an email response to questions from The Journal Gazette.

While Davis has no experience in law enforcement, Gladieux has spent his 32-year career rising through the ranks of the department, serving in various divisions – patrol, dispatch, detective, K-9, SWAT duty and overseeing jail operations.

Gladieux listed his achievements in his first term: completing a new fully equipped dental office in the Allen County Jail to eliminate the need to transport inmates outside for dental services; privatizing jail medical services, saving thousands of dollars; doubling the number of school resource officers; and awarding the largest pay raises for officers in more than 20 years.

If he's elected to another four-year term, he said he will oversee the completion of the department's new K-9 training academy, the department's employee workout/defensive tactics training facility and the department's new work release facility, which will double the size of the current facility and ease jail overcrowding.

Both candidates were asked about the problem of drugs being smuggled into the jail. Drugs can enter the jail through the mail or carried by workers from the outside.

Gladieux said he is researching eliminating the mail system. He envisions inmates using an email system for outside communication. He is also pricing body scanners to be used at the lockup intake area.

Davis said an audit of jail policies and procedures would include examining the reason that each inmate is jailed – money, drug or mental health problems.

“Only then can we even start to address what our community needs to do to help these persons transition to productive lives in society and not return to jail again. Thus we answer the problem of drugs in the jail by treating the need for drugs by the inmates!” Davis wrote.

Another question both candidates were asked was whether the jail needs to expand.

Gladieux said adding a fourth floor to the downtown jail would be only a short-term solution because the extend of overcrowding fluctuates. There might be 39 extra inmates and the next week, 100.

“I've met with the county commissioners and they agree that a feasibility study should be done that looks at several options ranging from finishing the fourth floor to maybe even building a new jail,” Gladieux wrote.

Davis said the state legislature is to blame for overcrowding and the sheriff is forced to accept extra offenders.

He was referring to a recent reorganization of the criminal code that forces local jails instead of state prisons to house low-level non-violent felons.

Davis would examine all the overcrowding issues and then suggest establishing a low-security facility elsewhere in the county for “low-flight risk” inmates.

“This facility could also host job training and transitional services that could lead to decreased recidivism,” Davis said.

The annual salary for sheriff in 2017 was $148,530.41.

jduffy@jg.net