• I plan to engage the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) to improve public safety services in Oakland County. I will work with CALEA to streamline operations, increase accountability, improve community advocacy, build government relations and reduce litigation costs. These improvements represent a commitment to the community to ensure that our law enforcement departments are monitored and evolve with the highest and most up-to-date national standards.
• Jail overcrowding, early release of criminals and cutting criminal recovery programs are tough issues that must be resolved with little impact to taxpayers. I will work with the County Commission to create a review board to determine solutions for jail overcrowding, recidivism and rehabilitation programs.
• Reintroducing Community Oriented Policing programs will be a top priority. Creating collaborative partnerships between citizens, schools, businesses and the Sheriff's Office creates problem-solving strategies that promote positive responses to issues in the community.
• It is important we work with the Department of Natural Resources to restore the state-subsidized Oakland County Marine Division. With 450 lakes in Oakland County, it is negligent to not have a Marine Division to protect lives.
• I believe that people have the right to carry firearms. I encourage people to be educated about the use of guns, and would look into offering firearm safety classes. As for my criticism of Bouchard's gun use, that revolves around holding a reckless fundraising event that featured firing high-powered weapons while offering alcohol with children present. This event was brought to my attention by a concerned citizen. I also held a fundraiser that included firearms, but served sandwiches and soda with firearm instructors and military weapons personnel that taught firearm safety.
• Tough economic times demand that the citizens of Oakland County get what they pay for. No longer should it be acceptable that a local career politician EXPECT the taxpayers to pay his salary while he runs for the Office of United States Senator or Governor of Michigan.
• With these tougher economic times, the taxpayers deserve (and pay for) a true leader, although the current Sheriff has missed every Finance Committee that had Sheriff's Office business in front of them for the year 2012.
• Instead of giving his longtime friend, and former driver/Sheriff's Office employee, a 2.43 million dollar contract to serve civil papers, maybe that money would have been better spent on inmate educational programs or returned to you, the taxpayers. After all, it's your money.
• Incarceration is not a solution it is a less than acceptable Band-Aid. We need to focus on alternative sentencing programs, education and job opportunities to make sure that inmates are prepared for their release.
• Why is that during important meetings regarding the taking over the City of Pontiac police service did a County Commissioner have to demand that the Sheriff show up. A phone call was made to alert the Sheriff of their request to have him appear. He then managed to show up for a brief time. Is this what we really should expect for the large salary that he is paid?
U.A.W. Region 1
Mayor Tedd M. Wallace (R), South Lyon, MI
Retired Oakland Co. Sheriff's Dept. Sergeant Carole (Leaks) Kimbrough
Congressman Gary Peters, MI District 9
Congressman Sander Levin, District 12
Mayor Virg Bernero, Lansing, MI
State Representative Vickie Barnett, District 37
State Representative Ellen Cogan- Lipton, District 27
State Representative Tim Greimel, OCBOC
Commissioner Mattie Hatchett, OCBOC
Mayor Brenda Lawrence, Southfield, MI
Senator Vincent Gregory, District 14
Commissioner Gary McGillivary, OCBOC
Italian American Democratic Caucus
Troy Democratic Club
West Oakland Democratic Club
Commissioner Janet Jackson
Commissioner Candidate, Tim Burns
Mayor Phil O'Dwyer, Berkley, MI
Marilyn Stephan (Former Mayor- Berkley)
Sheet Metal Workers' Union Local #80
Pipe Fitters Local 636
Equality Michigan Pride PAC