S. Stephen Bittle * *

Age: 63

Residence: Falls Church.

Education: Graduate, Virginia State Police Academy; completed courses and continuing education in law enforcement and related subjects.

Occupation: Sheriff.

Elected offices/civic activities: Sheriff, City of Falls Church, 1992-present; member, Virginia Sheriffs' Association; member, National Sheriffs' Association; member, Blue Knights.

What do you think is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?

"Recent events concerning courtroom safety, terrorist activity and natural disasters have highlighted public safety issues as never before. And added demands and constraints on local government have meant being able to do more with less. Better communication among government departments and with the public is critical. Since I took office in 1992, this sheriff's office has established and maintained a complementary rather than competitive relationship with the police department and other regional entities. We have also focused on raising our profile within the community to educate and assist citizens, including child safety seat inspections and the Ident-a-Kid program."

Why should voters elect you?

"I will continue to perform the duties of sheriff with honesty and integrity, work cooperatively with the police and maintain a positive relationship with citizens."

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