The Race for Gregg County Sheriff
POSTED: Tuesday, October 14, 2008 - 5:25pm
UPDATED: Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 2:43am
GREGG COUNTY - Its election time in Gregg County and for the most part, local office holders aren't too worried about not being re-elected.
Only one race in Gregg County is being contested.
Sheriff candidates have been hot on the campaign trail for a year now and both candidates are ready for election day.
Incumbent, Maxey Cerliano, was sworn in as Gregg County Sheriff almost eight years ago.
Cerliano says, "I ran on the motto 'Leadership by Example' and what I believe is that staff will not follow a different standard than what the leader follows."
Cerliano says he has four main goals as Sheriff: Maximize enforcement of law, support for staff, cooperation with law enforcement agencies and the use of jail beds.
He says, "If we have the opportunity to work and lease jail beds, we have to generate revenue to offset what the burden of tax payers is, its our responsibility to do it."
And if re-elected, he plans to continue fulfilling his promises to the people of Gregg County.
Cerliano says, "When you're in office you have to run on the record you established, I think we've demonstrated over the last eight years we do everything we can to do the right thing."
Facing Sheriff Cerliano for Gregg county sheriff is bobby white.
White says "I am the first African American to run for sheriff in Gregg county."
White, who now owns his own security business, is no stranger to law enforcement.
He served 27 years in law and this is his third attempt at sheriff.
White says, "my biggest complaint that I hear from citizens from Gregg County is they don't see patrol vehicles out enough."
He also says the sheriff's department is "to top heavy".
He says, "we need to reorganize the department to get more men on the streets."
White calls himself a crime-fighter and that is what he intends to do — if elected Gregg County Sheriff.
This 2008 election marks the second time for these two opponents to run against each other.