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Sheriff Rutherford speaks out on sheriff's debate

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Sheriff's candidates continued to make a push into the final weekend of campaigning, before the end of early voting Sunday, and citywide elections Tuesday.

Outgoing Sheriff John Rutherford said he enjoyed the discussion between the seven candidates, but said he believes the men calling for a simple change in management structure, to find a way to put more officers on the street, aren't seeing the whole picture.

Rutherford says during his time in office JSO already looked into the matter.

In 2007, the Sheriff says the department hired an outside auditor, asking how many officers were needed, if they were operating efficiently and effectively and how to improve. Rutherford doesn't think the results then have changed now.

"Basically what that report found was that we were efficient. We were effective. We were responsive to the community. But we were woefully short officers," Rutherford said.

Being short on officers was a continued theme for all candidates, but how to put more on the street remains controversial.

Rutherford has chosen a candidate he endorses, but all seven of the candidates have lengthy histories serving at JSO.
 


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