Sheriff, Supervisor Candidates Answer Public Questions in Albemarle Co.
EARLYSVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Candidates for sheriff and the Board of Supervisors in Albemarle County weighed-in on a number of questions from the public on Thursday.
The most common question people had for the sheriff candidates was in regards to the difference between the sheriff's office and the police. Others focused on a number of questions dealing with land use and agriculture for the supervisors.
Sheriff candidates Chan Bryant and Ronnie Roberts squared off as part of a forum at Broadus Wood Elementary School. Both say there is a big difference between the sheriff's office and police department.
"The taxpayers vote for the individual who will be the sheriff, in a police department, the Board of Supervisors or councilor actually selects the Chief of Police who will lead their agency, but they answer directly to the council or the board," said Roberts.
Roberts is the former Police Chief for Louisa County. Bryant is a chief deputy with the Albemarle County Sheriff's Office.
"The Sheriff's Office in Albemarle County handles courtroom security, civil processes, and transportation of prisoners and the police department handles the 911 calls for service, traffic enforcement, traffic accidents," Bryant said.
The nominees for Albemarle County Supervisor for the White Hall District discussed agricultural concerns in the county. Steve Harvey believes changes need to be made to encourage younger people to take up farming.
"I think that we need to expand land use and probably reform it a bit, the average age of a farmer in Albemarle County is about 60 years old at this point, with no sign of turning in the other direction," Harvey said.
Incumbent White Hall Supervisor Ann Mallek believes changes in policy could help boost numbers.
"The board has established a qualification that having a subdivision or development right on your property would be an element of conservation and stewardship that one would actually be making a donation of that or postponement of that development and that would be more of a substantial benefit to the county at large that might qualify you for participation of the agricultural district," Mallek said.
Thursday's event also featured candidates for both commonwealth's attorney and the 25th District Senate seat. Election Day is November 5.