Stick with what works in sheriff’s office

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We had a tough time deciding whom to endorse in the race for Adams County sheriff.
    There are three good candidates – Jim Fariello, Doug Darr and Mark Nicastle. Each had good ideas for the department if elected. And each has plenty of experience in the profession and continues to be passionate about the law enforcement field and their respective roles in it.
    In the end, we opted to stick with Doug Darr, the incumbent.
    We realize that offices such as sheriff and the district attorney require a certain amount of specialization. And while we aren’t wildly supportive of extending term limits, we think there’s an exception for offices where, as a rule, candidates don’t run – or shouldn’t – on party platforms.
    The main reason we support Darr is his track record. Community policing seems to be a key issue in this race. What Darr and his team have in place seems to be working. Crime is down in Adams County 42 percent since he’s been in office and is going down this year. It’s tough to argue with a statistic like that. He wants to expand the programs that are making the crime rates drop.
    Nicastle would be able. But we aren’t sure how much more effective his idea of community policing would be than what’s in place. Nicastle said he wasn’t statistics-driven. But in an age where cynicism reigns supreme, a paper trail of statistics tell a lot more about effectiveness than lining up people to sing the praises of his deputies.
    Fariello said he was running to give people a third choice in the race. But a lot of his comments and suggestions – especially a volunteer deputy program whose members would be armed but whose members would canvass areas without supervision – sounded a little too extreme for Adams County.
    We’ve had our say. Yours comes at the polls Nov. 2. However you feel about this race – or any of the others – be sure and cast your ballot.
    Polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mail-in balloting began Oct. 18.