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Bill Blair, Republican

For Sheriff

For Sheriff

July 13, 2006

Downsville resident Bill Blair, a Republican has filed as a candidate for Washington County Sheriff'.

Blair, 51, was hired as a sheriff's deputy in 1980 and has worked in the department's three divisions - Detention Center, judicial and patrol - and graduated from the three academies for each division.

"I wanted to learn as much as I could about the operations of the Sheriff's Department, what's expected out of every division ... and what they have to deal with day by day," Blair said.

He believes his 22-year career in law enforcement and his educational background in the field qualify him as a candidate.

Blair retired from the Sheriff's Department in 1999 and now owns a general store and gun shop in Washington County.

Blair said he believes the department's biggest problem is retaining qualified employees, and he hopes to prevent large numbers from leaving.

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Je said he supports a central booking facility for area police officers and better radio equipment for police and emergency responders.

Blair said he also would like to assign patrol deputies to certain areas of the county, in order to build relationships with residents and business owners. The deputy would then patrol the same area while working his or her shift.

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