You have a choice between two candidates, incumbent Sheriff Scott Hildenbrand and formidable challenger Jimmy Lee Holden. Here are some facts about both contenders:
SCOTT HILDENBRAND, THE ESTABLISHMENT CANDIDATE:
Chief Deputy under previous Sheriff and “good old boy”Dan McClelland. Basically Hildenbrand was McClelland’s good friend and lap dog doing whatever he was told. Dan rewarded Scott by allowing him to retire/rehire, collecting a large lump sum, which was contrary to past statements made by Dan against retire/rehire. This is a horrible and greedy practice, demoralizing to other competent employees, not giving them a chance to move up. That’s the “good old boys” network for you, keeping jobs and money amongst friends and family.
To make a long story short, Hildenbrand was rehired into his old position of Chief Deputy. Later when McClelland retired he told everyone Hildenbrand was the best man to replace him. Wrong!
Present time….Scott Hildenbrand has been our Sheriff since Dan retired BUT NOT A FULL TIME ONE. He is also the Fire Chief of Hambden Twp. He is collecting two paychecks with NO documentation of his hours and is not at the Sheriff Department very often. How can you hold these two positions and give the people your all? Hildenbrand should have picked ONE and resigned from the other but I guess greed got in the way. The opioid problem is escalating and so is crime. This is a horrible disservice to the people of Geauga County!
JIMMY LEE HOLDEN:
Recently retired as Lieutenant from University Hts. Police Dept., Holden is very dedicated and accomplished in law enforcement with an excellent reputation. His wife is also in law enforcement, it runs in the family.
Jimmy Lee Holden is not a politician nor is he controlled or manipulated by the Party. He is his own man, NOT dependent on the Party to win this election. This is important to know because if you are controlled by the party, you work for the Party and not the people. The Party hates politicians and candidates who are not dependent on them. It’s all about control.
Holden is a respected veteran law enforcement officer, a state certified firearms instructor, and was trainer of other policemen at the police academy.
More importantly, he is a strong Constitutional supporter with emphasis on the Second Amendment. Jimmy Lee Holden is a member of Sheriff Richard Mack’s “NATIONAL CONSTITUTIONAL SHERIFF AND POLICE CHIEFS ASSOCIATION. In these turbulent times in or government with more anti Second Amendment politicians threatening our rights, it’s even more important to have a Constitutional Sheriff like this with the grit to push back on unconstitutional federal or state overreach.
Holden has all the qualities we need in a Sheriff to put the department back into shape giving us a better, safer Geauga. HE WILL BE A FULL TIME SHERIFF!
YOU BE THE JUDGE.