Incumbent Sheriff Says He's Kept Promises




John Armer, the Democratic incumbent for Gila County sheriff, said he has kept the promises he made to residents four years ago.

Being sheriff of a county that spans more than 7,400 square miles can be a challenge, Armer said, especially since less than 4 percent of the land is privately owned.

"The taxpayers support countywide government," Armer said. "You have to be sensitive to the effect of increased property taxes on property owners."

Yet, Armer said public safety is priority and has lobbied the board of supervisors and explored other funding options to get additional deputies and resources for his office.

Armer spent 21 years with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and five years as the Globe police chief before being elected sheriff of Gila County.

Armer said he has instituted programs to assist the vulnerable populations in the county -- children and the elderly and has been able to strengthen the drug interdiction effort by getting funds from the federal government.

Armer said he is most proud of the way he has created a cohesive staff with a good relationship with the community.

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