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Incumbent, former reserve bid for sheriff

Incumbent, former reserve bid for sheriff
Incumbent, former reserve bid for sheriff
Carl Attwood III, Democrat

The current Harrison County sheriff, Rodney (Rod) Seelye, a Republican who is completing his first term in office, is being challenged by Carl Attwood III, a Democrat who volunteered for 22 years as a reserve officer with the sheriff’s department.

Neither candidate was challenged in the spring primary.

The sheriff serves a four-year term and is bound by term limits to two consecutive terms.

A questionnaire was sent to the candidates by this newspaper. Here are their responses.

Name and residency: Carl Attwood III, Corydon

Family: Married to Theresa Attwood for 33 years. I have one deceased son, Carl Attwood IV, killed in automobile accident in 1992. Another son, Robert, lives in Mauckport with wife Tara and two of my grandkids, Robert and Jacob. One stepson, Harvey Basham, which I have raised since he was 7 years old, wife, Margaret, and 5 more grandkids, Harvey Jr., Shelby, Conner, Cierra and Kendall, all living in Harrison County.

Education/Occupation/Political experience: I went to and graduated from Corydon Central High School. I have been a resident of Harrison County since second grade. I work at Samtec in New Albany and have been there for over 17 years. I work in the fiber-optic area. Before that, I worked at Kimballs for over 14 years as a manager in the finish area with 48 employees under my supervision and, before that, I worked at Keller Manufacturing, also as a manager for 10 years. I was a Harrison County reserve officer for 22 years. I started under Sheriff Ed Davis; also served under 6 other sheriffs in Harrison County.

Contact information for voters: My home number is 812-738-1725 if you would want to leave a message or a question.

Why are you seeking the office (in 100 words or less)? I have always had a passion to help people. Being sheriff is not just putting people in jail; I believe it is to help people. But, if someone has to go to jail in the process of helping someone, then they will. There are more good people in Harrison County than bad. I want the people in the county to want to talk to the police and not be afraid of them.

Why should someone vote for you rather than your opponent (in 150 words or less)? Police Reserves don’t get paid. You give up personal time, holidays, anniversaries. You also take vacation time from your own paid job to help. I was a manager and on the sheriff’s department.

What does the sheriff’s department need to best serve the residents (in 150 words or less)? I believe the sheriff’s department is like a business; it needs to be run efficiently. As sheriff, I will work within the budget. I believe the sheriff’s department is spending way too much money on things they don’t need.

Name and residency: Rodney (Rod) Seelye, Corydon

Family: I have been married to my wife, Janet, for 22 years. We have two sons, Matthew, a senior at the University of Louisville, and Nathan, our youngest, works at UPS.

Education/Occupation/Political experience: Graduate of the Kentucky Police Academy Eastern Kentucky University, graduate of the Louisville Police Academy, completed over 2,800 education hours in various law enforcement-related courses. U.S. Army with service in Saudi Arabia and Iraq in the first Gulf War. Started police career with the Dept. of Public Safety; later hired by the Louisville Police Dept., where I spent most of my career as an undercover narcotics detective, retiring in 2007; 2007-2010 narcotics detective Meade County Sheriff’s Dept.; 2011 to present, Harrison County sheriff.

Contact information for voters: Office: 812-738-2195; 812-972-9321

Why are you seeking the office (in 100 words or less)? I ran for sheriff initially because I became frustrated with the many problems and lawsuits that became common place with the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept. I pledged to take the good old boys and politics out of the sheriff’s department and give this county a department it could be proud of. The accomplishments of men and women of this department have been amazing. I am seeking re-election to keep this department moving in the right direction and finish our goal of leaving Harrison County with a sheriff’s department that is second to none.

Why should someone vote for you rather than your opponent (in 150 words or less)? Law enforcement has been my passion and what I have done as a chosen career for most of my adult life. I have been blessed with great success at every point in my career, being named Rookie of the Year and later being named Blue Coats Officer of the Year. As a result of our team’s accomplishments, I was even honored as the 2012 Indiana Sheriff of the Year. After three years of hard work by our corrections team, the jail recently received national accreditation. This makes our county jail only the second in the state to receive such an honor. As a result of her hard work, Capt. Amanda Stone was named the 2014 Corrections Officer of the Year. I believe my experience and past performance as a police officer and sheriff give voters a clear choice.

What does the sheriff’s department need to best serve the residents (in 100 words or less)? For any good department, they must have the public’s trust. Four years ago, we had to work hard to restore this trust. To accomplish this, our team has increased training for all officers and created a detective unit to provide professional investigations and dramatically increase arrests for serious felonies. We opened the department for public inspection by creating a Citizens Police Academy. This gives the average resident the chance to look into the department and ask questions and interact with the staff. Our command staff has held officers to the highest standards with a zero tolerance for illegal behavior.