GREENSBURG – Decatur County Sheriff’s Deputy Steve Snyder has officially announced his candidacy for Decatur County Sheriff following his filing earlier this month.
Snyder is the lone Republican candidate on the ticket and will challenge current Sheriff Greg Allen, a Democrat, who is seeking re-election for a second term this November.
Snyder believes his law enforcement experience combined with a keen business acumen obtained through years of work in the real estate market make him uniquely qualified for the duties of Decatur County Sheriff.
“I bring a background of not only law enforcement, but also business experience. That’s important when running a department,” Snyder told the Daily News this week.
And the business of running the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department is no small task, one that includes leading a team of 16 deputies and the staff of the Decatur County Jail.
Snyder would certainly know.
The son of former Sheriff Larry Snyder grew up ensconced in the life of a police officer. Becoming a police officer was all Steve Snyder ever wanted to do, and being elected Sheriff of the county in which he lives and serves has been a goal since long before he put on the brown uniform his father once wore.
In spite of Snyder’s family history with the Sheriff’s Department, the veteran deputy is firmly focusing his campaign on the future of the county he’s called home his entire life.
The candidate sees departmental transparency and an increase in the visibility of law enforcement, particularly in rural areas, as two major tenants of his campaign.
“As a sheriff, making yourself available to all the people in the community and making sure the citizens know what we’re doing is very important,” Snyder said.
By that same token, it’s equally important that local law enforcement is just as aware of what Decatur County residents are doing, especially in the case of those who break the law.