Silas 4th candidate to enter race for Richmond County sheriff

Friday, March 16, 2012 1:13 PM
Last updated 11:18 PM
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Throughout his 15 years at the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, Lt. Robbie Silas said he always chose to stay on the road.

Lt. Robbie Silas announces his run for Richmond County sheriff outside Democratic Party headquarters in Augusta.  JACKIE RICCIARDI/STAFF
JACKIE RICCIARDI/STAFF
Lt. Robbie Silas announces his run for Richmond County sheriff outside Democratic Party headquarters in Augusta.

The 44-year-old candidate for sheriff said being a road patrol deputy let him deal with Richmond County residents on a day-to-day basis and helped him really “know the streets.”

He said he was able to hear residents’ concerns and hopes for the future and believes this interaction will make him the right choice for sheriff.

About 60 people squeezed in to hear Silas announce his candidacy in front of Democratic Party headquarters Friday afternoon.

“I am aware that it won’t be easy filling the shoes of Sheriff (Ronnie) Strength,” he said, “but I do promise that if elected I will not disappoint you.

“I know that if elected sheriff, I won’t go in being the best, but I will definitely work hard every day to be one of the best sheriffs this community has ever had.”

One of Silas’ plans for the sheriff’s office is to rework the budget to allow for more deputies on the street.

“There are a lot of folks contemplating retirement. Those monies that are freed up, I’d like to see go to the road patrol and putting more people in the streets,” he said.

Another focus is on educating and protecting the county’s youth.

Silas said running for sheriff has been in the back of his mind since he was first hired at the sheriff’s office, and a special relationship with Strength has helped him see the day-to-day workings of the sheriff.

The candidate’s sister, Patti, married Strength 14 years ago.

“I know (the sheriff) would like to see me win.

“To me, may the best man win,” Silas said.

Since Strength announced a week ago that he would not seek re-election, four candidates have emerged.

Capt. Scott Peebles, of the Criminal Investigation Division, announced his plans to run Monday.

Richmond County schools Public Safety Lt. Richard Round­tree, a former investigator at the sheriff’s office, announced Thursday.

Lt. John Ivey, a 32-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, made his announcement hours before Silas.

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I'm Back Again
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I'm Back Again 03/16/12 - 01:24 pm
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I heard he was fired years
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I heard he was fired years ago from the sheriffs office for being a coward. Can someone find out if this is true?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/16/12 - 02:03 pm
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I heard Silas making his

I heard Silas making his statement on the radio. He sounds intelligent and someone with vision. I'm still supporting Peebles, but I hope we get more comments on Silas pro and con to help us figure all this out.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/16/12 - 02:57 pm
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So four people are running as

So four people are running as Democrats. That's an embarassment of riches. It pretty much guarantees a run-off in August. I wonder if someone else is going to run as a Republican?

Does anybody remember in run-off elections whether you must pick up the same party ballot that you chose in the primary in July?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/16/12 - 03:07 pm
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"Does anybody remember in

"Does anybody remember in run-off elections whether you must pick up the same party ballot that you chose in the primary in July?"

LL, I'm pretty sure that's the case. Crazy election, but it's the one that attracts more campaign contributions than any office in the county. Wonder why?

csraguy
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csraguy 03/16/12 - 03:09 pm
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Robbie is a nice guy but

Robbie is a nice guy but simply does not have the experience nor is he prepared at this time for the position of Sheriff. When all of your time has been in road partol with no advanced law enforcement experience, education or training, you are not prepared to handle a 700 man agency with a 55 million dollar budget. No one qualifies until may so hopefully some of the candidates will work together for the betterment of the agency and community.

EyeMaeNo
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EyeMaeNo 03/16/12 - 03:33 pm
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Be very careful in jumping to
Unpublished

Be very careful in jumping to the assumption that someone must have a college degree, have worked outside road patrol, or needs extensive training to be elected Sheriff of any county:

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2003/05/18/met_372969.shtml

(From the ACSD website):
Michael E. Hunt became the 18 th Sheriff of Aiken County in May 2003 during a special election. A year later, he ran unopposed to win his first full term, an accomplishment not seen in Aiken County in more than 40 years.

His law enforcement career spans more than two decades. Prior to joining ACSO, Sheriff Hunt headed up the Special Services Bureau as a Lieutenant with the Aiken Department of Public Safety.

Encouraged by his father and others to dedicate his life to serving the community, Sheriff Hunt began his public safety career as a firefighter in Richmond County , Georgia . He then became a corrections officer at the Aiken County Detention Center , a public safety officer with the North Augusta Department of Public Safety, and in 1985, joined the Aiken Department of Public Safety.

Since taking office, Sheriff Hunt restructured the agency. More deputies on the street has resulted in a drastically improved response to citizens calls for service. Sheriff Hunt most recently demonstrated his “hands-on” management style during the January 2005 train derailment and chemical spill in Graniteville , South Carolina . Governor Mark Sanford recognized the extraordinary leadership and awarded Sheriff Hunt the state's highest honor, The Order of the Silver Crescent .

A 1979 graduate of Langley-Bath-Clearwater High School , Sheriff Hunt is married to the former Tonya WIlhite. The couple has an 11-year-old son and live in Graniteville.

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Dr_Evil 03/16/12 - 03:49 pm
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I agree with csraguy. Nice

I agree with csraguy. Nice guy, but he needs to learn to supervise a shift before he tries to supervise a department.

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Austin Rhodes 03/16/12 - 04:04 pm
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You do not have to vote in

You do not have to vote in the first primary to vote in the runoff...BUT...you cannot cross party from one to the other...

csraguy
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csraguy 03/16/12 - 09:40 pm
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EyeMae, Sheriff Hunt is a

EyeMae, Sheriff Hunt is a great Sheriff and has done a very good job.

However, comparing the RCSO to the ACSO (Manpower, Budget, Call Volume, etc.) would be like comparing the RCSO to the LAPD.

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itsanotherday1 03/17/12 - 12:08 am
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This was unpublished on the

This was unpublished on the article from myfather15:

"csraguy, are you saying that Sheriff Strength couldn't go to LA and run their department efficiently? I absolutely believe he could. No matter how big the department is, when you have lead a large department and preformed well, I believe you can lead a larger department. People pay WAY to much attention to statistics on paper. A good leader is not made in college or anywhere else. They are born with it and develop it through experience.

Yes, it would be more headache to run a larger department. But if you have good decision making, management skills and leadership skills, you certainly can graduate to a larger department. Common sense in MY OPINION is one of the most important factors, along with experience on the job. I promise you, Mike Hunt could come to Augusta and run the RCSO as well as anyone in this Nation. Not that is even can happen, but if someone like Mike Hunt tried to run for Sheriff of RCSO, we would be fools to elect someone say from a larger department like Atlanta just because they have experience running a larger agency."

I agree. If you have the aptitude for managing, it matters not whether it is a 100 man team or a 1000 man team. The day to day logistics are just a matter of scale.

EyeMaeNo
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EyeMaeNo 03/17/12 - 01:27 am
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My point, CSRA is that NO ONE
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My point, CSRA is that NO ONE thought Mike Hunt could ever win that election. So you stating the education of Peebles (BTW he is NOT a Command College graduate as of yet) does not mean he is the best qualified.

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alyssasnanny 03/17/12 - 06:45 am
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I HAVE KNOWN SILAS FOR YEARS

I HAVE KNOWN SILAS FOR YEARS FROM BEING ON PATROL IN THE STREETS AND I THINK HE WOULD MAKE A GREAT SHERIFF !! SO GOOD LUCK YOU WILL HAVE MY VOTE ..

csraguy
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csraguy 03/17/12 - 11:28 am
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Take away the names,

Take away the names, leadership is something inside of specific individuals but generally those who aspire to be true leaders wish to greatly further their knowledge, education and experience. You can be a great leader of people but placed into situation that greatly exceeds your capabilities especially if you jump to far up the chain without the experience to back it up. You will have some anomalies but mostly you will take a good person who is doing well and capable of doing better and set them up for failure by taking on more than they are capable of handling efficiently.

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sucram 03/17/12 - 02:33 pm
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Wow a lot of people will be

Wow a lot of people will be voting in the Democratic primary, wonder how this will affect the cogressional race and other GOP races in ARC. Input please.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/17/12 - 02:40 pm
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Sucram, you could say that

Sucram, you could say that another way. Lots of people will be voting in the Republican primary for Congress.

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SAPCS 03/19/12 - 09:39 am
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Anybody notice how his entry

Anybody notice how his entry to RCSD coincides with his sister's marriage to the sheriff?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/19/12 - 09:54 am
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SAPCS, practically every

SAPCS, practically every employee in Augusta government is related to another employee. In Augusta government it's one degree of separation.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/19/12 - 09:58 am
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Sucram makes a good point —

Sucram makes a good point — many Augustans who might have been interested in the Republican congressional primary, with its four-way race, might feel that the local sheriff's race is more important and will vote in the Democratic primary instead.

That would leave the selection of the Republican nominee up to the other counties in the district. Dublin might have more effect on the nominee than Augusta.

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