Those four candidates are, alphabetically, Craig Brady, John Minchew
, Troy Nehls, and Billy Frank Teague.
The final candidate to speak was John Minchew
said contrary to the information his
opponents are spreading, he
does have a background in law enforcement.
He said he began his law enforcement career in Houston in 1978 then went back home to Florida in 1982 where he went to work for and eventually was appointed chief of a Florida Railroad.
In 1992, after hurricane Andrew wiped out their family home, they returned to Texas.
Upon returning to Texas Minchew
went to work for and became an executive for the Wackenhut Corporation
and gained an extensive background in jail and prison management and service.
left Wackenhut he
wife began their own security companies that they currently operate.
said as a director for the Pecan Grove MUD
became aware of many problems with the contract deputy program offered by the sheriff.
experience in owning and operating his
own businesses affords him the opportunity to identify the mismanagement of monies and personnel at the sheriff's office.
platform is all business and service.
said this business of terminations are out of the question.
said if he
terminated everyone like the rumors floating around, there would be no one to work.
would run the sheriff's office with the integrity that is the basis for the oath of office.
platform is about work and business.
believes that it is imperative that he
sheriff's office have a mental health unit.
also identified problems with the dispatch center and believes that the current problems in management throughout the department will resolve themselves with a new sheriff and new ideas.
in closing said since numbers were such a hot topic he
was not going to touch them.
He outlined the qualifications for a sheriff in the State of Texas and said what makes him qualified is his ability to run a business which is what the sheriff's office is...a 53 million dollar business.