Democrat Charlie Polson, Republican Jerry Adams and Independent Mike Neal all seek the Howard County Sheriff position. Their profiles appear below in the order they appear on the ballot.
Occupation: Current acting police chief of Glasgow
Family: Married to Dina Haskamp-Polson. Three children and two grandchildren
• Graduate of Law Enforcement Training Institute at University of Missouri-Columbia in 1988.
• Graduate of Moberly Community College Police Academy in 1997.
• Graduate of National Sheriff’s Institute in Longmount, Colo. in 1999.
• Served as Howard County Sheriff from 1998 to 2012 (14 years). Was re-elected four times.
• Worked for the U.S. Marshall Service for three years in Jefferson City Federal Courthouse until June 1, 2016.
• Have completed thousands of hours of law enforcement training and continuing education.
• Worked hundreds of felony cases including drugs, rape, sexual assaults, burglaries, assaults, serial arsonist and a million dollar fraud and embezzlement case with the Attorney General, FBI and ATF.
• First sheriff to join the Mid-Missouri Major Case Squad
• While sheriff, investigated six homicides that took place in Howard County
• While sheriff, led the way in creating the new Howard County Sheriff’s Office and Jail
• During 14 years as sheriff, was able to stay under budget even during hard financial times
• Currently serving as president of the Glasgow Lions Club, a position Polson has held for 12 years; member for 15 years.
• Board member of Mid-Missouri Drug Task Force.
• Member of Mid-Missouri Major Case Squad.
• Member Missouri Sheriff’s Association.
Comments: “It would be an honor and a privilege to be your sheriff again. If you want a hard-working, honest, fair, first class sheriff’s office again, please vote for me on November 8th. Thanks for your past and future support.
“I represent all the people in a fair and honest manner and will continue to do so if re-elected. I have a proven record of taking on the tough issues and cases, getting results and convictions. I will be sheriff for all the people.”
Occupation: Chief Deputy Sheriff for Howard County Sheriff’s Department
Family: Wife is Sharon; have three children and 10 grandchildren
• One year of college
• Served in the Howard County Sheriff’s Department as a deputy for 12 years and as chief deputy for 4 years.
• Served in the United States Army for four years
• Former correction officer
• Small business owner for more than 20 years
Community involvement: “I volunteer for things that help children. I like to teach children archery as it is about 90 percent mental and 10 percent physical, so almost all children can get involved. I grew up going to the First Christian Church in Fayette.”
Comments: “Let’s make a change! I am highly motivated and very pro-active. I work very well with the other agencies of law enforcement which makes us all more productive, keeping the citizens of Howard County safe and secure. I support the U.S. Constitution.”
Occupation: Sheriff of Howard County
Family: Follower of Jesus Christ; married to Paula Neal for over 34 years; have four children including our daughter-in-law and six grandchildren
• Graduate of Fayette High School in 1982
• Graduate of Law Enforcement Training Institute at University of Missouri-Columbia in 1992.
• Completed training with the Mid-Missouri Major Case Squad.
• Completed numerous continuing education courses in law enforcement.
• Served as deputy on the Howard County Sheriff’s Department for 18½ years of which the last 10 years were as Chief Deputy.
• Currently serving as sheriff since January 2013
• Served in the United States Navy from 1982 to 1986.
• Member of the National Rifle Association (NRA)
• Member of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA)
Comments: Since taking office in January 2013, it has been my goal to increase the efficiency in which the Sheriff’s Office operates in order to better serve you, the citizens of Howard County. The following are some of the things we have implemented:
• Increased jail security with two additional part-time jailers and a cook so that the jailers can perform their duties without having to be in the kitchen. Additional security cameras have been added and the majority of the old black and white security cameras have been replaced with color cameras.
• Upgraded our fingerprinting process. We now have a Live Scan machine (purchased through a grant) that scans fingerprints electronically and automatically submits them to Jefferson City.
• Upgraded our system from pen and paper to an electronic records and jail management system.
• Decreased county costs by requiring inmates to pay for their own medical expenses.
• Brought the Department into state and federal compliance regarding officer overtime.
• Maintained the Sheriff’s office’s good standing with the state auditors.
• Maintained the Sheriff’s office as a member of the East Central Missouri Drug Task Force which is a proactive organization working toward the goal of eliminating illegal drugs and abuse of pharmaceuticals.
• Continuing to transition to four-wheel drive vehicles. As a rural county, we need vehicles that will stand up better with less maintenance and be able to better assist deputies in protecting the public, using grant money when possible to offset the cost of these vehicles.
Comments: “We’ve worked hard to promote a positive work environment at the Sheriff’s Office through which these things were accomplished. It is my desire to continue to serve you, the citizens of Howard County, as Sheriff. I’d appreciate your vote on November 8th.”