“First was the loss of the ICE prisoners,” Allen said. “This has to be a priority to get the jail back on its feet and being profitable for the county. There are still good Jefferson County employees who are laid off and needing work. It will be one of my biggest goals to get the jail back housing federal prisoners and these people back to work. The other issue the office is facing is drugs in the county. We have worked hard at Ina and I am very proud to say that we are meth free for the first time in years. This is not a fantasy, but a reality for the entire county. It will take hard work and dedication, but it can be done.”
Allen said if elected he would work day and night to get the federal prisoners back.
“I want to see that jail become profitable and not be a burden on taxpayers,” Allen said. “I know prisoners are available because St. Clair County is letting prisoners go because they do not have room for them. The next important thing to do is once we get federal prisoners back is to initiate a system of checks and balances to ensure that we do not lose them again. I will also work hand in hand with the other police departments in Jefferson County and we will wage war against the drug and crime problem the county faces. Jefferson County is my home and I want it to be the best it can be. If elected I promise to be the hardest working sheriff this county has ever seen.”
Incumbent Mulch said serving as sheriff for the last 11 years has been a challenge for the office and its members.
“When you elected me as your sheriff in 2002, I knew the task would not be easy and it would take great diligence and perseverance,” Mulch said. “I accepted this challenge. During this time, the sheriff’s office has faced and dealt with many issues: A new Justice Center that will soon mark its 10-year anniversary of opening, a fiscally failing county, the methamphetamine epidemic and budget cuts to name a few. We have all knuckled down, kept our heads up and not complained.”