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emmitt carneyRepublican Marion County Sheriff candidate Emmitt Carney appeared live on Afternoons with Amos in the first of the program’s interviews in June with the major candidates for Marion County offices in the 2014 election. Carney is the former agent with the Indianapolis office of the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) who is the big hope of Marion County Republicans to break Democrats stranglehold on countywide elected offices in Indiana’s largest county.  In the interview, Carney explained that if elected he would be a “good partner with law enforcement” and “stay in my lane”, references to the controversies Republicans have cited with current Democratic Sheriff John Layton who Republicans believe is trying to carve out more law enforcement responsibilities. Carney said, if elected Sheriff, he would “stick with the main duties of the Sheriff’s Office”. Those are operation of the Marion County Jail, the Sex Offender Registry, Security in County Courtrooms and the City-County Building and serving of warrants for criminal proceedings. Asked whether he had experience in handling budgets of over $100 million and operating a jail facility of some 2,000 inmates, Carney said he didn’t have direct experience, but if elected he would hire individuals with that expertise to assist him. Carney told Amos and listeners that he supported the concept of a county Justice Center that would be a facility that would house the Jail along with criminal courts and other associated agencies.  Several of the callers asked if, as Sheriff, Carney would take a more active role in law enforcement and policing, but Carney stuck to his calls of staying within the boundaries of the Sheriff Department, despite wishes of many that the Sheriff does more crime and violence fighting. The GOP Sheriff candidate said if elected he wouldn’t tolerate misbehavior and wrongdoing by his deputies. Carney said he’d create a “civilian review board” to help handle discipline cases in the Sheriff’s Department. Carney said he was supportive of the decision to locate such a facility at part of the former Chevrolet Truck & Bus Plant just west of downtown. Emmitt Carney also outlined a number of programs he would implement if elected Sheriff that would positively work with youth to keep them from entering the criminal justice system.  Carney also talked about what he’d do to reduce recidivism and working to help ex-offenders re-enter society.  Click the Media Player to hear Emmitt Carney’s Interview With Amos. Runs 38 Minutes ©2014 WTLC/Radio One.

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