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Page 18 Wednesday, April 25, 2012 County Candidates Grilled Continued from page 16 The Adams County Record laws applying to us here in Adams County that are Exclusive Jurisdiction laws. Bank robbery for instance. But other laws, we can use to protect the citizens of the county because they are not Exclusive Jurisdiction; they are Concurrent Jurisdictions, which means we can enforce the law; we can prevent the enforcement of that law by a federal agency if they are abusing their authority. So it's important that the sheriff knows the difference between those laws." Ryan Zollman said: "The sheriff has the authority to enforce all state laws. The federal agents do not. The sheriff's office can enforce some federal laws, but not all. An example is immigration laws--287G, which has been removed thanks to Sheriff Arpaio too aggressively approaching that. That was one of the federal deals given to all sheriffs, and Sheriff Arpaio enforced it too aggressively and it was taken away. Another one is the 49 code for DOT (Dept. of Transportation). We don't have anybody in our agency right now that enforces federal DOT. The State Police do. Other counties do. Ada County has federal DOT officers. So there are some federal laws that State government can enforce, but the majority of them they cannot:' Michael Robinson said the sheriff candidates covered it fairly well. He said he can see both sides of the issue--how some people see the federal government as being too overbearing, but also that they do good things like protecting civil rights and protecting us as individuals. "It's a case by have a commission in your county. This varies from state to state and situation to situation" Myron Gabbert said, in the eleven years that he has been prosecuting attorney, the federal, state and local laws "have been enforced in a very good, case question of what law " cooperative manner. I know applies and what the best for example that any time policy would be. Federal a federal officer comes into officers actually can enforce Adams County, he stops at state law, for example when the sheriff's office, checks they are deputized or they in, and lets the sheriff's office know that he's going to be in the county doing something pursuant to his federal duties. We have lots of different law enforcement people; we have Fish & Game that we deal with, Forest Service personnel who deal with federal laws on the National Forest, we've got county officers, city officials .... In my opinion, in Adams County, we've cooperated in an effective coordinated manner" Law Suit? itch ave Really, it's that simple. Samsung Admire TM $1 N REBATE *2-yr plan required Motorola Milestone X2" S9999 after $50 mail-in rebate *2-yr plan required Samsung Profile TM $1 No REBATE *2-yr plan required .oc c, e-LLt t SPECIAL e ll HTC Wildfire TM $5999 wireless SUBJECT TO ALLTEL TERMS & CONDITIONS; see store or alltelwireless.com. See certificate for rebate details. 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Rich Green was in the audience, and everybody laughed when Walt exclaimed, "Rich, did I sue you for something? Did I win!?" The issue of the under sheriff's role was addressed, with the consensus being that "under sheriff" and "chief deputy" or "senior deputy" are all the same thing. The law simply says that a sheriff must have a second in command if the sheriff has more than one deputy. The title does not imply that the under sheriff will become sheriff automatically if the sheriff is incapacitated; it simply means he can fill in for the sheriff. An audience member asked if any of the candidates had a "criminal history:' Each answered no. Another question was if there were any false rumors about them or their office. Mr. Gabbert said, "I've got no girlfriends, I'll guarantee you:' Applause line The last question of the evening referred to the use of drug-sniffing dogs and the questioner's evident feeling that the current method and frequency with which the sheriff's department uses the dogs is overly invasive. Ryan Zollman made a strong series of statements about enforcing drug laws. He ended with, "Will we continue to use the dogs in such a manner? Absolutely; that's what we've got them for." This brought the only round of applause of the night from the audience. The other sheriff candidates supported Zollman's view. Next forum The next candidate forum will be Thursday evening, April 26 at the Council Elementary School at 7:00 PM. This forum will be for Sheriff candidates only. There will be another forum at the Elementary School on May 3 to which state candidates, plus candidates for the offices of county assessor and prosecuting attorney are invited.