Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Covering Dallas, Monmouth, Independence, Falls City and surrounding areas since 1868
September 24, 2013
POLK COUNTY -- In spite of several years of declining funding for his office, Polk County Sheriff Bob Wolfe wants to remain in his post.
Wolfe announced last week that he has filed for re-election in 2014.
"I remain dedicated and committed to the mission of the Sheriff's Office to demonstrate leadership in our community by providing effective law enforcement services in which we promote, preserve and deliver safety, security and enhanced livability to those we serve," Wolfe said Friday in his announcement.
That job has gotten increasingly more difficult due to budget cuts. In the last five years, the county's revenue from federal timber payments has been declining and those losses have reduced the sheriff's office to less than 24-hour patrols.
Wolfe, however, is confident that the public safety levy that will be before Polk County voters in November will be approved.
"We are operating at minimum staffing, making it difficult for our dedicated employees to provide prompt and effective law enforcement services," Wolfe said. "I look forward to continuing my service to the citizens of Polk County as the sheriff and in restoring the sheriff's office to full service."