A fundraiser was held at the Log Cabin at Harmon Field on Saturday, March 24, for Polk County Sheriff candidate Deputy Ronnie Smith.
A full house showed up to hear from the candidate and supporters regarding the upcoming primary election on May 8. Smith said that crime resolution in the county is not at 90%, as has been alleged by one of his opponents, but is more in line with the national average of 42-44%. Smith said an increase in ofﬁcer presence would help deter property crime which has been on the increase throughout the county. His campaign sign reads “Ronnie Knows Polk County!” and the life-long resident said that’s because he has “paid attention” throughout almost 30 years of public service in Polk County.
Local attorney Lee Atkins of the Atkins and Craven Law Ofﬁce told the group that over the years he has watched Smith “consistently act with objectivity and without prejudice” in his treatment of defendants, lawyers, judicial ofﬁcials and his fellow law enforcement ofﬁcers. He called Smith a “real professional.”
The 6-foot-ﬁve deputy, who has been with the sheriff’s department for 18 years, said that he has good ideas going forward about how to prevent and resolve crime, and how to run an efﬁcient department dedicated to the safety of the citizens of Polk County.
My name is Ronnie Smith and I am running for Sheriff of Polk County, North Carolina.
I am currently serving the county as Deputy Sheriff. For almost 20 years I have worked in patrol (shift sergeant), civil process, jail, prisoner transports, handling and transporting psychiatric patients, K-9 narcotics detection, as well as all aspects of courtroom proceedings including traffic, small claims, district, superior, civil and criminal courts. I have a great working relationship with the judicial offices, clerk of court and district attorney’s office. I have served during the tenure of three different sheriffs.
My public service prior to joining the sheriff’s department includes five years with Polk County EMS and 28 years with the Polk County Rescue Squad. I also have over 16 years of experience in industrial security, fire and safety.
I am a life-long resident of Polk County with family roots in the Columbus Township since the 1940s. I was educated in Polk County public schools as well as Isothermal Community College and Gardner Webb University. I am an active member of Silver Creek Baptist Church.
I believe that the knowledge and understanding that my life experiences and almost 30 years of public service have provided me with a knowledge and understanding of Polk County and its citizens that surpasses that of my opponents. I have paid attention. I feel confident in my abilities and qualifications to serve as sheriff of Polk County, and to uphold the constitutional and state laws of North Carolina.
If you are a registered Democrat or unaffiliated, I am asking for your vote for sheriff of Polk County in the May 8, 2018 Democratic primary. If I win that election, then I need the support of all of the people of Polk County to win the November 6 general election. Early voting in the primary is April 19-May 5 at the Board of Elections office only. To learn more details about voting and/or registering, call the Board of Elections at 828.894.8181.
You have my pledge of complete dedication to the job of maintaining, protecting and preserving our great county.
I understand the history and heritage of the people of Polk County.
With nearly 18 years in the Sheriffs department and serving under three very unique sheriffs, I feel I can serve Polk County with the experience it deserves.
Preserving the family farm....