- City suspends liquor license for downtown Cape bar; owners say they want to fix problems (3/26/17)3
- Mall aboard: Future requires evolution at West Park Mall (3/24/17)23
- Legal discrimination complaint, ethics complaint filed in Scott City government (3/22/17)13
- Business notebook: Cape native goes from farm to mobile-food operation (3/20/17)1
- Former Southeast softball coach sues Board of Regents; seeks damages and her job back (3/23/17)15
- Former Scott City administrator: 'I was forced to resign' (3/21/17)6
- Triplett manslaughter case set for July 2018 (3/21/17)2
- Two people found dead in Advance house fire (3/21/17)
- Two Cape men charged with second-degree murder of Grandi (3/21/17)2
- Two local lawmakers back charter school bill; Perryville lawmaker objects to measure (3/19/17)24
Candidate questionnaire: Rick Walter
NAME: Rick Walter
PLACE OF BIRTH: Chaffee, Missouri
SPOUSE'S, CHILDREN'S NAMES:
SPOUSE - Lisa
CHILDREN - Natalie, Trent and Seth
Oran High School, SEMO Law Enforcement Academy, Federal Law Enforcement Training Academy, National Sheriff's Institute
EMPLOYER: County of Scott
BUSINESSES OWNED, ALL OR PART:
PUBLIC OFFICES HELD OR SOUGHT; GIVE DATES:
FINANCING LAW ENFORCEMENT IS ALWAYS A MAJOR ISSUE IN RURAL COUNTIES. HOW WOULD YOU SAVE MONEY FOR YOUR DEPARTMENT?
Law enforcement is expensive, but since I took office in 2005, we have successfully generated new revenues to help offset those costs. We have generated in excess of $2,000,000 in new money from those other revenues; a few examples are jail phones paid by the inmates, selling commissary to the inmates and housing federal detainees. We have also brought in outside vendors for food and medical to help reduce liability to the county.
DO YOU FEEL THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT HAS A GOOD REPUTATION? HOW WOULD YOU PRESERVE OR IMPROVE ON THAT REPUTATION?
I believe our office has a good reputation with the citizens that we serve. The people want to be treated fair and equal and that is something that we strive for and will continue to do so. We will continue working for the citizens of this county and will make every effort to provide quality law enforcement.
WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CRIME PROBLEM IN SCOTT COUNTY?
I believe that drugs are and will continue to be one of our biggest problems. The drug problem goes hand-in-hand with other crimes such as burglaries and stealing by the people who need the money to buy the drugs, assaults, child abuse and other violent crimes. The vast majority of the time the victims are the children that are abused and neglected because of drug use.
We are always looking for new ways to improve the quality of service in the sheriff's office. We continually seek new revenues to help fund projects that educate not only the youth but also adults so they do not go down the wrong path. I would like to say that it is truly an honor and privilege to serve as Sheriff of Scott County and I hope to continue as your Sheriff.