Election Q&A: Meet Williamson County sheriff candidates

Candidates Robert Chody and Mike Gleason speak on why they are the best candidate and how they will tackle COVID-19 recovery efforts. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Candidates Robert Chody and Mike Gleason speak on why they are the best candidate and how they will tackle COVID-19 recovery efforts. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Candidates Robert Chody and Mike Gleason speak on why they are the best candidate and how they will tackle COVID-19 recovery efforts. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)



WILLIAMSON COUNTY



County Sheriff










Robert Chody



R




Occupation: county sheriff


Experience: not provided






Why are you the best candidate for the job?




RC: As Sheriff, I am bringing WCSO into the 21st century in technology and other initiatives. The creation of a self-defense academy teaching over 30,000 residents of all ages self-defense for free. Solved the identification of victims of Cold Case murders over 40 years old and quicker response times in emergencies.




If elected, what will be your top priority?




RC: My top priority is to fund not defund the office in aspects of more training and better equipment to serve our community. I was able to outfit our deputies with much needed equipment at no cost to the taxpayers so they were better protected to better serve our community.




How will you use your position to help Williamson County recover from the impacts of COVID-19?



RC: A new intake system within the jail was created to protect employees and inmates from COVID[-19]. This was a big undertaking. Additionally, creating programs such as ‘welfare checks’ on the elderly for family and friends that live out of town was also initiated. All proving beneficial to our community.








Mike Gleason



D




Occupation: law enforcement


Experience: Wilco Sheriff's Office: assistant chief deputy, patrol division commander and special missions commander: SWAT, swift water rescue, dive rescue and recovery, hostage negotiations, lieutenant internal affairs and crisis intervention commander






Why are you the best candidate for the job?




MG: I’m a career law enforcement professional serving 24 years in the WCSO. I hold an MBA and was selected to attend the Quantico FBI Academy. I have proven results in leadership and management. I have considerably better judgment than our current sheriff. I’ll return professionalism and trust to the WCSO.




If elected, what will be your top priority?




MG: My priorities are a hiring process that vets deputy qualifications/backgrounds prior to hiring. Proper training for deputies responding to mental health/domestic violence crises. A Crisis Intervention Team. Maintain a safe community where every citizen feels protected. Restoring public trust and rebuilding the relationship with our citizens and our county leaders.





How will you use your position to help Williamson County recover from the impacts of COVID-19?



MG: I will continue to follow the guidelines issued from state leaders and the CDC ensuring Williamson County is informed. My priority would be to educate the public, my leadership team, and deputies. Continued reinforcement to follow social distancing guidelines will naturally lower the impact. Community education and awareness is key.




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