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POSTED: Friday, February 17, 2012 - 7:44pm

UPDATED: Saturday, February 18, 2012 - 4:56pm

Another day, another debate…this time it’s the candidates for Smith County sheriff again.
So were there any fireworks this time?
Well, not really.
The end of an era is at hand in the Smith County Sheriff’s Department.
For the first time in 36 years, there will be a Sheriff not named J.B. Smith.
The 4 men who want that job, debated again today.
There were some gentle punches thrown at the Grassroots America Sheriff’s debate, but no mortal wounds.
But as Bobby Garman, Chris Green, Larry Smith and Donn Rust traded views, KETK wanted to know about one of the most controversial issues to emerge in this race, the average 20-minute emergency response time in Smith County.
The answers ranged from more boots on the ground to better technology.
The crowd at Lakeview Church of the Nazarene was large and moderately responsive.
And though no one scored a knockout, there were enough  crowd-pleasing lines to keep them interested.
With the Texas primary delayed at least until after Memorial Day, no one knows how long these candidates will have to keep campaigning.
But on the bright side, the longer it takes, the more voters will learn about the man who will be the next Sheriff.


 

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Chief deputy Garmon says the response time is caused by a lack of technology and dispatchers having to type on several keyboards. This is the case but I used to train the very dispatchers for Smith county and thats not the problem. Those dispatchers can put a call in while still on the phone with the reporting person. Chris Green has the problem pegged, not enough boots on the ground. The call will be put in by a dispatcher but they can't send a deputy if they dont have one available.

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