Candidates for Clerk of the Circuit Court, Sheriff, Register of Wills and State's Attorney were asked the following questions by The Washington Post:
Management: What changes, if any, would you make in the management and operation of this office?
James V. Aluisi (D), incumbent, 36, of 14103 Rectory La., Upper Marlborboro, has been county sheriff since 1978 and has 11 years of service in the sheriff's department. He is an associate instructor at the Maryland Police Training Commission and has completed many courses in law enforcement training and management.
Management: As the incumbent sheriff, I feel I have a good understanding of the realistic management changes needed in the sheriff's department. Presently, my department is managed both efficiently and effectively. Yet, as with all organizations, improvement can and should be made. The implementation of my present training program has proven to be a very cost-effective method to cut costs yet retain productivity. Continuation of this program, with adjustments to deal with specific problems, will provide cost-effective measures for continuing programs. The implementation of computers in targeted areas will no doubt improve work output while reducing the ever-increasing costs. The present practice of providing members of my department with modern management tools and updated training has been very successful. Updating this practice will continue to save tax dollars and improve output.
James E. Groves (R), 60, of 12716 Lode St., Bowie, trained at the Prince George's County Police Academy after retiring from 23 years in the Army, where he served as a military policeman, provost marshal investigator and in criminal investigations. He joined the municipal police department and served as chief of police for six years.
Management: Prior to 1970, the county detention center was controlled by the sheriff's department, and was run efficiently. In 1976 the jail was turned over to the county police. A Dec. 15, 1980, article in The Washington Star about a Star survey of suburban Maryland circuit courts criticized the lack of efficiency and expeditious handling of matters by the Prince George's County Sheriff's Department. The paper found the sheriff's office slow, sloppy, inefficient and undermanned. Today, the office is still inadequately staffed, and there are still morale problems. The numerous assaults and rapes that have been committed in the jail make it evident that the people in charge of the jail are not concerned with the safety and welfare of the prisoners. The rule that a guard will remain outside the cell block for eight hours before he checks the cells is just plain stupid and an advantage for any prisoner contemplating escape or assault on another prisoner. I would like to see the jail returned to control by the sheriff's department, under the control of the sheriff as it was before, and as it should be. It would be my desire to see this change come about for the benefit of the residents of Prince George's County and for the inmates themselves.