MALONE — Franklin County Sheriff Kevin Mulverhill announced Tuesday that he intends to run for a second term this fall.
“I promised the voters in Franklin County I would increase efficiencies and improve operations at the county jail, and we have done so,” he said in a news release.
“I promised that sheriff’s deputies would be used to enhance public safety by assisting other law-enforcement agencies and maintaining a more visible presence throughout the county, and they have done so.”
Mulverhill, a Republican, feels much has been accomplished over first term in office, which concludes four years on Dec. 31, “but there is still plenty of work to be done,” he said.
“My deputies and I understand we are here to serve the public and take very seriously our responsibility to maintain the public trust,” Mulverhill said.
“If re-elected, I will work with our correction officers, deputies and support staff to continue promoting efficiency and accountability at all levels.”
Mulverhill named some accomplishments during his term:
• In conjunction with District Attorney Derek Champagne, Public Defender Thomas Soucia and the Unified Court System, electronic-home monitoring was initiated in the county.
Carefully screened inmates, the sheriff said in the release, are released wearing ankle devices to monitor them from home rather than costing the county $100 a day in tax dollars to keep them jailed or $85 a day to board each out to other counties.
• He initiated a more efficient sex-offender address-verification program, he said, which allows deputies to better monitor registered offenders.
Mulverhill said the program “resulted in numerous arrests of individuals who have not complied with the sex-offender-registry law.”
• The Sheriff’s Department participated in the Pentagon’s Military Surplus Program and was able to obtain many pieces of decommissioned military equipment, including a Jeep, for free.