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ON THE BALLOT: Washington County unopposed

Jared Schneider

Jared Schneider
Jared Schneider

Name: Jared Schneider

Address: Wellman

Phone: Home: 319-646-6688; Work: 319-653-2107

Email: jschneider@wps.co.washington.ia.us

Family: Wife – Katie; Children (4) – Katelyn, Kurt, Brooklyn and Luke.

Occupation: Washington County sheriff

Political Experience: Wellman City Council and Washington County sheriff

Why are you running for office?

I ran for the position four years ago because it was important to see the Washington County Sheriff’s Office continue moving in the right direction. I know that with my experience, we would be able to hit the ground running. I’m glad the citizens of Washington County allowed me to serve them as their Sheriff, and I look forward to continuing to build upon the great foundation that was left for me by Sheriff Jarvis & Sheriff Dunbar.

What are your priorities if elected?

I will continue my commitment to provide the citizens of Washington County with the service they deserve. In my first four years, I started working with the community leaders in our contract law enforcement communities to understand their law enforcement services. I want to continue having conversations to ensure we are providing the quality of law enforcement that they expect in our communities. I feel it is essential to continue to evaluate our services and make sure that we are keeping up with the growth of our county.

What have you accomplished in this last term? What do you hope to accomplish in the future?

The new communication center and emergency communication radio system should go live after the first of the year. I am proud to have been part of the team that improved the services that we provide to our citizens. These improvements also protect the great group of first responders, firefighters, and law enforcement officers that serve our communities.

Our HVAC control system in the jail needed an upgrade, and we had also experienced temperature control issues with the HVAC system since the jail was built. We were able to get our system upgraded and correct the original temperature control issue. We also upgraded the video cameras system in the jail and added several new cameras. These additional cameras provide better coverage to help limit the liability to the county.

How would make yourself available to community members to hear what’s on their minds?

I will continue to look for ways to improve our relationships with the communities we serve. I will also continue to promote staff interaction with our schools. While my first term in office was busy, I still tried to find time to make it into our schools. We’ve worked with our schools to make our access to their building easier for our deputies. I also like to attend many local community events. This year has been very different because all of our town celebrations being canceled. I look forward to getting back to our communities being able to promote our great county.

Police accountability has been a hot topic recently. How will/do you hold your department accountable?

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office has used in-car video cameras for a lot of years. We have been monitoring the body-worn camera market for numerous years. We have wanted a product that had the features needed to protect the citizens of Washington County and the officers using them. We recently implemented the use of body-worn cameras by all of our patrol deputies. We are also starting to upgrade the in-car systems to work with the new body-worn cameras. All patrol deputies should have the new upgraded in-car system by the end of this current fiscal year.