Bishop fourth Republican in Polk sheriff’s race
Published 10:20 pm Thursday, February 4, 2010
The field of candidates for Polk County Sheriff continues to grow.
Dennis Bishop announced his candidacy to the
He joins three other Republican candidates who will compete in the May primary for the chance to challenge incumbent Democratic candidate Donald Hill. Republicans Gregg OSteen, Kevin Phelps and Nathan Shields previously announced their bids for sheriff.
Bishop, 36, is a Sergeant in the Black Mountain Police Department with 11 years of law enforcement experience. He says he has served as a supervisor for five of those years.
Bishop says he had planned to build up more experience in law enforcement before seeking a position such as sheriff. However, he says friends and family members have encouraged him to run now, saying he is the type of person the county needs as sheriff. Bishop adds that he believes he is well prepared for the job.
“I know I can lead by example and inspire the ethical accountability you expect,” says Bishop in a written statement to Polk County residents. “I can implement the field training that will build confidence and pride in our department.”
As sheriff, Bishop says he would be open about problems or challenges facing the department, and work with the community to fix them. He says he plans to meet and talk with residents of the county about his candidacy and hear their concerns regarding law enforcement.
“Open communication with our citizens and stronger watch programs will bring enforcement where its needed,” says Bishop. “Together we can build a strong, secure community.”
Bishop is married to Spring Kuebler Bishop, a paramedic in the county, and they have five children.Bulletin this week, becoming the latest to add his name to the list prior to the filing period, which starts Monday.