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A New Sheriff in Town?

David Waters has already started campaigning for the July 2012 Cherokee sheriff’s election.

There’s still almost 11 months until voters decide on a new sheriff for Cherokee, but David Waters isn’t waiting.

Driven by the 1971 murder of his sister in Cherokee County, Waters said he has been dedicated to law enforcement and can bring a new level empathy to the victims of crimes.

Because his family has been victimized, Waters said he would “Be better at making decisions that would benefit the victims of our county.”

Waters also plans to tackle the budget and the big ticket items that are being bought, he said.

“We’re spending too many tax dollars,” Waters said. “I don’t think, I know for a fact we are. The reason we need to cut back is because the economy is the worst I’ve ever seen. I’d venture to say most people in our society are saying the same thing.”

Some of the first cuts Waters said he would make would be replacing the current Chevrolet Tahoe SUVs with Crown Victoria’s to save money on gas and vehicle costs.

Waters described the current as being “top heavy” in that there are “too many captains.”

“That one captain represents more than $100,000 annually,” Waters said. “I’m not saying we don’t need the employees—I’m saying we don’t need the high–ranking employees. We can be more effective and efficient with fewer commanders.”

The additional costs of a captain include salary, uniforms, training, weapons, education and retirement.

Waters is a lifelong resident of Cherokee County who first started his law enforcement career here in 1978. Since then he worked with the Blue Ridge Judicial Circuit  District Attorney’s Office and the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, according to his campaign website.

Ronnie Cruse October 04, 2011 at 04:35 AM
Congratulations david. I know I speak for the south end of the county, we are behind you all the way. Let's get started. Ronnie Cruse.
Jessie Gable October 04, 2011 at 06:47 PM
Thanks for the comment, Ronnie. What changes would you like to see?
Tax payer February 03, 2012 at 05:17 AM
My support is for David Waters, very approachable, knowledgeable, and has the leadership it takes to stretch our tax dollars while Garrison spends. Where is ours money going? Garrison said he was under budget this last year but failed to also say he asked for more money (1.2 mil) but didn't spend it all. Well thank you! Who ever is doing your math, please don't let them do your taxes, you may loose your house.
yeah August 01, 2012 at 03:09 PM
David, I am so sorry that you lost. This is truly heart breaking for me knowing my county will be ran by the gastapo for another 4 years. alot of wasted tax dollars, and alot of harrasment. I am truly sorry for everyone that you lost.

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