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Polk Co. sheriff candidates voice future plans for county

Source: KTRE Staff Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff Source: KTRE Staff
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

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

There are two candidates vying for the position of Polk County Sheriff: incumbent-Kenneth Hammack and longtime Livingston ISD school board member, Mike Nettles.

Nettles revealed his plans for the county to work together if elected. 

"I think the sheriff has to be a team player working with the district attorney’s office, county commissioners, the county judge. Everyone works together as a team. Being on Livingston ISD’s school board for the last nine years, I learned how to be team player," said Mike Nettles, candidate. 

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

"I’ve advanced the sheriff’s office from where it was to where it is today and continuously work to improve on what we have. Improve our education of our officers, improve our equipment, improve our professionalism that we display to the people," said Polk County Sheriff Kenneth Hammack. 

Hammack also has his sights set on forming a new citizen’s academy. And Nettles says putting taxpayer dollars to better use is high on his list of priorities.

"To have citizens come into the department and take nine 3-hour courses one day a week. And to give them some insight into what the actual operations, the nuts and bolts of the sheriff’s office is," Hammack said. 

"The sheriff’s department has mowing crews, but we do not mow the county sub-courthouses or the courthouse and a lot of the county buildings. We have to pay someone to mow and in the past pay private entities to mow when we’ve got the ability to do it," Nettles said. 

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