A county legislator is teeing up the ball for the 2014 election for Sheriff by asking for a possible outside investigator of a series of misconduct and personnel issues concerning the police agency.
While dependent on them for appropriations, the running of the department is really not the duty of the County Legislature as the office of Sheriff is a constitutional position, elected by the public.
It's one of the few such positions left.
The debate over the propriety of the running of the department or the behavior of its employees will and can be the subject of the next campaign, whether or not Sheriff Burns decides to run.
While it would be tough for an internal candidate to run due to recent events, it is still the job of voters to make the judgment.
Names are already being talked about from both parties. A lot will depend on what the incumbent does....whether he runs...doesn't run...moves on to something else earlier...
Republicans would like to win this one back. They hope the misconduct issues and the jail expense issue will help them. Time will tell.
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