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Shelby Co. sheriff candidates reveal future plans

KTRE Staff KTRE Staff
Shelby County Sherriff, Willis Blackwell Shelby County Sherriff, Willis Blackwell
Sheriff Candidate, Ricky Allen Sheriff Candidate, Ricky Allen

We continue to look at big races here in East Texas as Primary Day gets closer. 

There are two candidates vying for the position of Shelby County Sheriff: incumbent-Willis Blackwell and retired DPS lieutenant, Ricky Allen.

Allen revealed some of his plans if elected. 

"We're going to figure out some way that our first responders, fire departments, ambulance services, and wrecker drivers will have good communications with the sheriff's department," Allen said. 

Blackwell highlights the accomplishments the sheriff's office has made while he's been in office. 

"We have probably run upwards of 900 cases per month that we investigate. I've got the best group of officers that I think the county has ever had. I want to continue the forward movement in the county," Willis said. 

Willis was also proud to bring fairness into the sheriff's office. 

"We are very fair with anybody, young old, any race. Nobody is any more special than the next person. My officers are taught that way. If they don't treat people the same, I won't have them here," Willis said. 

Allen said he wants to crack down on drugs in the county. 

"I'm going to use my expertise in the narcotics service to concentrate on the narcotics problems we have here. It's just not Shelby county, but we're going to try to work on that and concentrate on the suppliers of the drugs," Allen said. 

If you are registered, don't forget vote here in Texas on March 1st.

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