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Angelina Co. Sheriff Greg Sanches talks about first month in office

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

After 39 days in office Greg Sanches says the transition into the Sheriff position has had its ups and downs but he is positive about where the department is headed.

"Moral is up people are working hard and well for the citizens and we're out they're protecting citizens our numbers will show," said Sanches.

 In January the office received 961 calls and has serviced over 300 warrants. Statistics show the department has recovered over $50,000 worth of stolen property and 12 grams of meth.

Sanches says the department has found success despite personnel changes.

" We had the protesters and then we had some budget issues that we had to get over, we've been shorthanded, I've been short handed about 6 to 8 employees," said Sanches.

Tom Selman has been Constable for Precinct 1 in Angelina County for eight years. He believes Sanches brings a new perspective to the office.

Selman says Sanches has brought in the right staff to get the job done.

"I think the citizens are going be pleased with the man that they chose to be the new sheriff," said Selman.

 Selman says more communication is one of the vital changes being made in the office.

"A lot more information sharing a lot more inter-department co-operation a lot more information sharing a lot more working on operation together," said Selman.

Through all the changes being made internally, Sanches hopes the professionalism and integrity of the department is felt throughout the county.

"I won't be long before noticeable changes will be seen Rome wasn't built in a day," said Selman.

Sanches says he just recently met with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Unit and says their departments will soon be working together.

Sanches is also working to get a resident deputy for the south end of the county. The deputy will be responsible for areas such as Huntington and Zavalla.

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