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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Roy Hunt Announces Candidacy For Potter County Sheriff In May 19th Primary Election

Roy Hunt

My name is Roy Hunt and I am very pleased to announce my candidacy for Sheriff of Potter County. My name will appear on the Republican ballot on May 19, 2015. 

The Office of Sheriff is required by the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Sheriff is responsible for, but may not be limited to; serving Protection from Abuse orders, executing warrants, serving civil papers, levies, sale of real and personal property to satisfy judgments, courtroom security, transport of prisoners, and issuing protection permits. In Potter County, the Sheriff also serves as the Warden of the Potter County Jail. He is responsible for directly overseeing all operations and budget matters for the jail. Unlike some much larger Pa counties and many other states, as well as seen on TV, the Sheriff in Potter County does not conduct road patrol, traffic duty or handle criminal investigations. Those responsibilities belong to the municipal and State Police.

In 2002, I was hired by Sheriff Ken Sauley as a Corrections Officer. I graduated from the Pennsylvania State Department of Corrections in 2004 and continue to serve as a full time Corrections Officer, being charged with care, custody and control of inmates. In 2005, my fellow employees appointed me to assist with contract negotiations and I have held either assistant or lead Steward since then. These duties include helping to resolve disputes and contract negotiations. We were able to enroll the entire county in a Health and Welfare Benefits package in 2011 that has saved Potter County hundreds of thousands of dollars. In August of 2006, Sheriff Sauley entrusted me to become the Instructor for Tactical O/C Spray (including use of force). In addition to continuing with those responsibilities, I also have been the Scheduling Officer, and the Officer in Charge. 

Also in 2002, I was appointed by then President Judge John Leete as a Pa. State Constable. I was elected again to State Constable in 2004 and served until 2010. During that time, I served District Judges Delores (Bristol) Weiss, Annette Easton, and Barb Easton (retired) as well as other Judges, Lawyers, and other officials who requested services from other counties in Pa. State Constables have nearly identical duties and training as Sheriffs. They are both overseen by the same PCCD (Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency). Because Constables have statewide jurisdiction and are not confined by municipal or county boundaries, I also performed work for both local police and the Sheriff.

I began my public service at an early age. I became a Boy Scout at age 11 and continued until earning the rank of Eagle Scout at age 17. I joined the Crary Hose Fire Company in Westfield at 14 years old. As a Junior Fireman, I was elected Junior President at age 16. I have been a senior fireman since then, with the last 18 years in Ulysses. I am State and Nationally certified as a Firefighter I and Haz-Mat Operations level. I am State certified as a Vehicle Rescue Technician. I am certified in National Incident Management Systems and Incident Command. I also served as an EMT for over 20 years. I have been an Assistant Chief for 13 years and Chief for 3 years and have written and/or helped write grants for over $200,000.00. I also have nearly 10 years’ experience as a branch manager for a national company responsible for hiring, firing, scheduling and training.

I live in Ulysses with my wife Pam, a longtime agent with Coudersport Insuring, where we have raised 5 wonderful children. Kristen, with her husband Cody, lives in Rochester NY while she is finishing college, Michael with his wife Ashley lives in Lock Haven PA while finishing school and serves in the US Army National Guard, Kyle with his wife Lexi lives in Omaha NE while serving full time in the Air Force, Kaleb lives in New Jersey and is enlisted in the US Navy, and Krischen will graduate Northern Potter High School with a certification in heavy equipment maintenance. All of our children were/are active in public service with the fire service and both Michael and Krischen have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout as well.

I feel I am the best candidate for this position as I have the most relative experience. If elected, I will use my 25 years plus of supervisory and administrative experience to improve moral, increase efficiency, and lower costs. I feel this office should be proactive and not reactive or inactive. I will research and implement programs that will reduce recidivism, lower the number of outstanding warrants, and increase the cost recovery. I also feel this is not a 9-5 job and should be more available to our citizens, especially for weapons permits. With your support we can, and we will make this a better and safer county to call home.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns at 814-203-7615 or email RoyHuntForSheriff@verizon.net. I invite everyone to also follow me on Facebook @ Roy Hunt for Potter County Sheriff. I will be addressing numerous issues and ideas between now and May 19, 2015 and would appreciate your input. Thank you all for your support. It will be my privilege to serve you as your next Sheriff.

17 comments :

Anonymous said...

He sounds like he would be very good as Sheriff. So far he seems to be the best qualified.

Anonymous said...

Looks like the field is crowded for sheriff, but you have my vote

Unknown said...

You got my vote Roy

Anonymous said...

Good Luck! I know you will make a great Sheriff.

Anonymous said...

I was wondering if he was going to run. I hope he gets it. He can get done what needs to be done. Go git 'em!

Anonymous said...

i hope the hell he get's it

Anonymous said...

Bizarre. Every person I have asked about this race has said he is voting for another of the candidates yet 5 comments show up on here in support. Anonymous indeed!

Anonymous said...

If the sheriff entrusted you with all those responsibilities how come he isn't backing you in the election?

Roy Hunt said...

Thank you for taking the time to read my announcement,comment and/or ask questions. Every candidate turned in at least a minimum of 100 signatures of those who support them. I appreciate this site for providing a place to announce candidacies, but they eventually rotate down and off the page. Because of that, I will be discussing issues on my Facebook page. I encourage you to ask questions, comment, and follow along. There are many things that affect our county but are little known. I ask everyone to vote, but also be well informed.

Anonymous said...

I don't have Facebook. Sounds like you are doing the old D.C dip and twirl and not answering the question.

Roy Hunt said...

For those that may not have Facebook, please call or e-mail. The info is in my announcement. I will be glad to discuss any questions you have. Because I have nothing to hide and am willing to have an open dialogue on the relative issues may be one reason why. We shouldn't be sweeping things under the rug and hope no-one notices.

Anonymous said...

Hmm. I have talk to alot of people over this matter. Asking different Question and they all say about the same thing. When there ask about Mr Hunt. It seems they say Mr hunt cant keep his nose out of other peoples business. And that he isnt a team player. And this came from alot of people in ulysses. Iam not saying i wouldnt vote for him. But iam going to do some more checking before i vote.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Hunt. Give us one good reason why we should vote for you.

Anonymous said...

I have to ask you are the officer in charge. How many officer in charge are there in a 7 day work week

Anonymous said...

I'm not fro Potter County but rumors are that Glenn Drake is also a good candidate for this postion

Anonymous said...

The root of all turmoil and morale problems at the county jail can be traced to one source. Ask anyone who works there or is familiar with the situation.

Lisa Soule said...

I'll thank you kindly, Anonymous 7:09, to not speak for the town of Ulysses. We have our own voices and are perfectly capable of slinging our own mud where and when we see fit. Good luck Roy. My corner of Ulysses is behind you.