Our county is a mess. Saline County has a reputation and it's not a good one. We are the butt of many jokes; ones that cannot be defended because they are true.
Regarding the race for Sheriff and law enforcement experience, no one can deny that Pennington has more windshield time than Ward. My first thought is "So". The issues of this county aren't that we can't find and arrest the criminals, it's that the system isn't working or isn't being managed effectively.
It has been my experience that in order to fix a problem, you have to identify the root cause and work to eliminate it. We need someone who can identify the issues and work to eliminate them. We need someone who will stand up to the opposition (whoever they are) and work to obtain what this county needs, whether it's a balanced budget, more deputies, procedural checks and balances, better technology, etc. We need someone who admits there is still work to be done. Windshield time alone isn't enough.
I want to feel secure. I want my children to feel secure. I want my grandchildren to feel secure. If we don't do something soon, we're going to start losing residents, just like Little Rock did 25 years ago. When that happens, property devalues, schools lose funding, businesses close, etc. Am I overreacting? History and statistics can answer that question.