Candidates for sheriff were asked the following question by The Washington Post:
Management: What changes, if any, would you bring to the management of the sheriff's office?
Jerry O. Anderson (R), 47, of 27 Dellcastle Ct., Gaithersburg, was a deputy sheriff in Montgomery County for more than 10 years until he resigned earlier this month; he spent eight of those years as a supervisor. He also was a police officer in the county for nine years. An Air Force veteran, he has studied at local colleges and at several training institutes.
Management: The need for professional management and financial responsibility should extend to all branches of law enforcement. The sheriff's department should be no exception. Recently, a $40,000 study of the sheriff's office produced some 45 recommendations for improvement. So far, only a few minor recommendations have been implemented. As sheriff, I would not resist progress and professionalism. For example, I would do away with the old-fashioned system of keeping a person in one job until he reaches "burnout." By rotating responsibilities, each of our 66 deputies would be trained in numerous aspects of law enforcement, making each ore productive and less likely to seek other employment, thus eliminating the need for constant rehiring and retraining. This, along with realignment of duty shifts, would give county taxpayers upgraded coverage for less money. I also would bring the sheriff's department closer to the present Montgomery County standards of job rating and excellence.
James A. Young (D), incumbent, 58, of 9000 Gue Rd., Damascus, sheriff of Montgomery County since 1976, has 20 years experience in the Montgomery County sheriff's department. A Navy veteran and graduate of the National Sheriffs' Institute at the University of Southern California, he has been active in professional and community organizations.
Management: The demand for service by the Montgomery County sheriff's department has been increasing. Most notable changes have been the addition of circuit court judges; the move to the new courthousde; the addition of two courtrooms; a dramatic increase in rent cases; judgments; training commitments; and service of civil and criminal process. We will continue to enhance our communication systems to provide the most efficient and trustworthy support to filed personnel at minimum cost, e.g., investigating use of clerical and volunteer staff to maximum extent for operating the radio and telephone communications network. We will continue to work with the General Assembly, the Office of State Affairs and other sheriffs to gain enactment of a statewide increase in sheriff's fees. Will continue to review performance data, mileage data and reports to establish goals and objectives for fiscal year 1984. Will continue to work with the equipment division to complete assignments of radio-equipped cars to deputy sheriffs.