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Description: The Fairfax County Sheriff serves a 4-year term and is responsible for public safety and judicial administration in operating the jail, transporting of prisoners, serving civil processes and providing courtroom security. The annual base salary for the sheriff is set each year by the Virginia State Compensation Board. The county provides a supplement consistent with annual pay increases. The annual salary is $160,193.

Candidates (choose 1):

Stacey A. Kincaid

Democrat

Website: www.staceykincaid.com; www.facebook.com/kincaidforsheriff

Email: kincaidforsheriff@gmail.com

Telephone: 703-573-6811

Address: Vienna

Qualifications: Over 26 years experience in the Fairfax Sheriff’s Office, currently as Captain; in 2008, received the Distinguished Service Award, the highest commendation available; serves on Governing Board of Office to Prevent and End Homelessness.

Education: Graduate Langley High School, Frostburg State College, Leadership Fairfax.

Questions:

Q: What do you believe is the role of the Office of the Sheriff in preparing adult detention center (ADC) inmates for their re-entry into the community and reducing recidivism? What steps would you take in this regard?

A: The Sheriff’s Office plays a vital role in inmate re-entry efforts and reducing recidivism. Our agency currently employs proactive programs to bolster these efforts but more can, and will, be done. National studies demonstrate that successful re-entry programs require the support of the communities they serve. The Sheriff’s Office currently works with educational volunteers, the Community Services Board and religious groups to provide inmate support while incarcerated; however, these efforts are inside our walls and there is a need to expand our outreach. I will engage and collaborate with our local business leaders to grow our re-entry program with job skill training and opportunities and stress the importance of reduced recidivism. There is also a role for trade groups to play in this effort and they will be engaged as well.

Q: What steps, including use of technology such as the inmate video visitations, will you take to maintain security in both the ADC and the courts, in view of the continuing staff vacancies in the Office of the Sheriff?

A: National studies show that the efficient use of electronic technology enhances security. Video arraignment, a practice currently being used, lessens inmate movement, improves courthouse security and allows staff to perform other duties. Video visiting will accomplish the same result and will enable inmates more interaction with their families, a proven component in reducing recidivism. I will be steadfast pursuing common sense technologies without sacrificing the security of staff, inmates, or citizens.

Q: What other issues related to the Sheriff’s Office would you like to discuss?

A: Fairfax citizens enjoy a safe, culturally diverse, high quality of life. Our community embraces the opportunity for ALL to succeed. The Office of the Sheriff should be a microcosm of the community we serve; actively engaged, committed to the community and dedicated to the notion of fairness and equality regardless of ethnicity or gender.

The Sheriff’s Office has a lean budget but, all programs, departmental budgets, and contracts will be reviewed to identify opportunities for further efficiency, more competitive bidding, and other administrative improvements. More promotional and educational opportunities will be available to our Deputies and civilian employees.



Bryan A. “B. A.” Wolfe

Republican

Biography: Retired after 26 years on the Fairfax City Police Department. Nine years as a front line supervisor in Detective Bureau and Patrol Bureau. Member of SWAT team. Served on regional task forces with FBI, DEA, Fairfax County Police and VA State Police. Twice selected as Officer of the Year.

Website: www.wolfeforsheriff.com

Telephone: 703-888-7904

Questions:

Q: What do you believe is the role of the Office of the Sheriff in preparing adult detention center (ADC) inmates for their re-entry into the community and reducing recidivism? What steps would you take in this regard?

By default the ADC is one of the Commonwealth’s largest mental health facilities and the mentally ill are mixed with hardcore criminals. I plan to institute a Crisis Intervention Team for immediate response to situations where the mentally ill are in crisis so as to prevent or reduce potential for injury to deputies and inmates. The mentally ill whose only crime is causing a disturbance or committing a misdemeanor should be diverted into a program that helps the underlying problem, which is psychiatric and not criminal. The CIT team will work to find appropriate care and work to establish a program that keeps the mentally ill out of jail.

Q: What steps, including use of technology such as the inmate video visitations, will you take to maintain security in both the ADC and the courts, in view of the continuing staff vacancies in the Office of the Sheriff?

The ADC has video cameras but they don’t record. This makes the Fairfax County ADC — located in the wealthiest county in the Commonwealth — a regional jail that does not have recorded video from the security and monitoring cameras.

In 2011 there were 29 complaints of excessive force. In 2012 there were 24 complaints of excessive force. Due the lack of a visual record, the investigation consists of interviewing the deputy and the inmate. In all 53 cases the internal affairs investigation exonerated the deputy and denied the claim.

I have complete faith that all the complaints were handled professionally. But video cameras that actually record protect inmates and deputies in the jail and the visual record protects the taxpayer from frivolous lawsuits and suspicion of law enforcement.

Q: What other issues related to the Sheriff’s Office would you like to discuss?

The last sheriff resigned in mid–term under an ethical cloud related to padding his pension. I want to break with the past and run an office built on integrity, fairness and respect for all individuals. To prove my point, during my first term I will donate all my salary to Fairfax County charities.



Rob Rivera

Independent

Website: www.RobertRiveraforSheriff.com

Email: Rob@RobertRivera4Sheriff.com

Telephone: 571-331-8903

Biography: Rob Rivera was born in Phoenix, Arizona and raised in Puerto Rico, and Costa Rica where he learned Spanish fluently. Rob and his bride of 11 years Liz are the proud parents of Madison and Meagan. Rob a DoD Security Specialist has worked at the Pentagon for 11 years.

Questions:

Q: What do you believe is the role of the Office of the Sheriff in preparing adult detention center (ADC) inmates for their re-entry into the community and reducing recidivism? What steps would you take in this regard?

We need to look at the reasons why people keep coming back to jail. I can still remember seeing two and sometimes three generations of inmates incarcerated at the same time while I was a Deputy in Arlington County. This is unacceptable, and is why I have already started contacting several pastors and members of churches to discuss my mentorship program. MY VISION is to have mentors who can shepard these individuals into better decision making, thus providing sound advice in times where ex-offenders might stumble.

Q: What steps, including use of technology such as the inmate video visitations, will you take to maintain security in both the ADC and the courts, in view of the continuing staff vacancies in the Office of the Sheriff?

Security within the Sheriff’s Office is paramount, as it directly impacts officer safety within the ADC and the safety of those conducting business within the courthouse. Based on MY EXPERINECE as a PHYSICAL SECURITY SPECIALSIST and an ANTITERRIRISIM OFFICER I would conduct a vulnerability assessment of the entire Office, to include the ADC, Courthouse, and arms room . The results allow me to PROPERLY DEPLOY RESOURCES in the areas that need it the most; why spend TAX PAYERS’ HARD EARNED MONEY, and still NOT have an effective system in place when something can be accomplished at a fraction of the cost. I would also leverage technology with procedural changes within the office in order to mitigate vulnerabilities; something I have been doing with DOD for the past 11 years.

As Sheriff, I would partner with organizations such as Assisting Families of Inmates which has the support of several places of worship within Virginia, providing video streaming to inmates in six correctional institutions throughout Virginia. Families need to remain connected, even if only via video, as separation has a severe impact on the inmates their significant others, and on the children as well.

Q: What other issues related to the Sheriff’s Office would you like to discuss?

As Sheriff I will SERVE and PROTECT YOU the CITIZENS of FAIRFAX COUNTY! As an INDEPENDENT I don’t have to be POLITICALLY CORRECT.



Christopher DeCarlo

Independent

Website: www.HonestyAndEthics.com

Email: cdecarlo@fairfaxpropane.com

Telephone: 703-352-5777

Biography: Chris grew up in Vienna and graduated from Marshall in 1976. He attended Georgia Tech and then he started Fairfax Propane. Chris lives in Fairfax with his wife Kathleen who graduated from Woodson in 1980. They have five children ranging from 2nd grade at Mantua to 10th grade at Woodson.

Questions:

Q: What do you believe is the role of the Office of the Sheriff in preparing adult detention center (ADC) inmates for their re-entry into the community and reducing recidivism? What steps would you take in this regard?

Lyrics from “Democracy Rides Again,” my latest anti-corruption rap video as seen on YouTube.

I’m not with a party; I got my own voice,

Don’t vote to the left or right, you got a better choice.

They’re lying and cheating and putting us on hold man,

Power of the people’s been dropped from the program.



Honest everyday workers gotta be in control,

Not the bankers and the brokers who were born without a soul.

Now we’re in a state of perpetual neglect,

Caused by the greed of the crooks we elect.



The Sheriff’s supposed to protect the Constitution,

So why’s he the problem and not the solution?

I wanna do more than just ride on the range,

I spit the truth from the street I wanna make change.



Q: What steps, including use of technology such as the inmate video visitations, will you take to maintain security in both the ADC and the courts, in view of the continuing staff vacancies in the Office of the Sheriff?

Let’s go to work, start catching these thieves

Nobody is checking them they do as they please.

Taking our hope and stealing our trust,

Put a star on my chest I’ll shackle these mutts.



They’re shooting up the government every single day,

In back alley deals where the dough gets the sway.

I’m not gonna play the game the way they arranged it,

But once I get elected I’ll damn sure change it.



Q: What other issues related to the Sheriff’s Office would you like to discuss?

We need a jolt to the system like a Sheriff that raps.

A free thinking guy that won’t fall in their trap.

Now I have your attention, now your trust is what I need.

I’ll put the greater good first every time, that’s how to lead.



Tell all your friends to get in the mix,

Get the word out and get it out quick.

Grab everyone you know and get your vote down,

All day Tuesday there’s gonna be a showdown.