The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 27, 1996 · Page 48
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 48

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, October 27, 1996
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8 SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27, 1996 VOTE 'OB THE SALINA JOURNAL SALINE COUNTY SHERIFF Leadership style at issue in sheriff's race Kochanowki comes from city side; McClintock comes from county side By SHARON MONTAGUE The Salina Journal In his campaign for Saline I County Sheriff, Republican Glen Kochanowski touts his 31- I year career at the Salina Police I Department, where he has risen through the ranks from patrolman to assistant chief. "My 31 years here have prepared me to be able to move into the office," he said. "I can almost hit the ground running." Democratic candidate Dennis "Butch" McClintock, who left the Saline County Sheriffs Office after 10 years to become a probation officer for Saline County Community Corrections, says his experiences have given him a different perspective. And what he lacks in administrative experience, he'll learn from Undersheriff Calvin Johnson, who has agreed to stay on for one year as undersheriff if McClintock wins the election. "I realize I have limited experience in administration, and he has agreed to help with the transition," McClintock said. "I'd be foolish to pass up his experience." McClintock said he offers an alternative to the type of leadership offered by the Salina Police Department. While he was knocking on doors during the campaign, McClintock said many residents expressed a lack of confidence in the effectiveness of the police department, in light of recent homicides and two unsolved bank robberies. . McClintock also took exception to Kochanowski's Oct. 14 comment on KSAL Radio's "Kansas Live" program that crime was not a "major issue" in Saline County. "I believe that the citizens of Saline County do not want the leadership of the Saline County Sheriffs Office to be a replica of the leadership of the Salina Police Department," McClintock said. "I feel that it is time for change and new leaders that believe that major crime is a major issue in Saline County." Kochanowski said he did not want to respond to McClintock's charges. "I stand on my record as a 30- year police officer and my credentials of leadership and management ability," Kochanowski said. He also wouldn't name his choice for undersheriff, a position that is filled at the discretion of the sheriff. "I will announce that after the election and not before," he said. "I have talked to different people and do have an individual in mind. My choice for undersheriff, I believe, will make the community happy." Kochanowski said the person he PRIORITIES What are the two major , issues facing law enforcement In Saline County, now and in the near future? How would you deal with those Issues? COMMUNITY POLICING What is your opinion of community policing? Would you implement it here? How? DUI LAWS Should enforcement of the state's driving under the influence laws be a priority of Saline County ' law enforcement? CONSOLIDATION Should consolidation of law enforcement be considered here? What would be the pros and cons? GLEN KOCHANOWSKI Republican • AGE: 54 • ADDRESS: 2379 Edward • POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: None Manpower and drug- juvenile crime. I believe a . study to determine the workload and manpower availability should be done. Then, adjustments in employee assignments could be made and grants to assist in hiring employees would be considered. A volunteer citizen task force, made up of members from law enforcement, schools, courts, parents and youth, could develop ideas on dealing with juvenile crime and expanding our drug education programs. We must develop programs to complement the DARE program. Community policing is a new name given to old-time police practices. Law enforcement in the County has traditionally been involved closely with citizens and that is what community policing is. I would establish quarterly community meetings throughout the county to discuss individual problems and solutions. I'd implement the TRIAD program to work with senior citizens. TRIAD is law enforcement and seniors working together to reduce criminal victimization of seniors. An "Ask the Sheriff" program would be started on Salina Access Television and, if possible, on the radio. Protection of its citizens is ohe of the primary responsibilities of law enforcement. A law enforcement officer cannot Ignore a law without violating the oath of office he or she took to protect and'serve. An Intoxicated driver is one of the most dangerous individuals unsuspecting individuals and families face on the highway. This type of violation cannot be tolerated and must not be Ignored. Riley County consolidated its law-enforcement agencies in 1974. No other agencies in the state have consolidated. Salina and Saline County have joint communications, jail operations, emergency medical service, and work closely in other areas. The areas that are separate — warrant service, civil process and court services — are job specific and consolidation would not decrease the number of employees. In consolidation, small service areas see less service and the large service areas gains. At a time when crime and drug use is on the rise, we should look at ways to increase our work force, not downsize. INCREASED PATROLS Is there a need for increased patrols In the rural areas of the county? If so, how would you address that need? As residential areas in the county continue to grow, we will have to look at how we patrol and adjust our Additional coverage could be supplemented by use of an excellent reserve program and/or federal grants that would provide additional manpower. DENNIS "BUTCH" MCCLINTOCK Democrat • AGE: 45 • ADDRESS: 2219 Kensington • POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: None Substance abuse and the rising juvenile crime problem. I supervise 30 high-risk offenders on probation. Out of these 30 offenders, more than 80 percent have a substance abuse problem and, In most cases, this abuse contributed directly to their reason for being on probation. An increase in jail substance abuse programs could help. We have to educate our juveniles and make them more aware of where a life of crime may lead. I advocate expansion of the DARE program and the introduction of a "Scared Straight" program. Community policing works. The challenges of community policing within a city versus a rural area are different. The number of square miles assigned to a deputy restricts how much time they can devote to citizen interaction. If d be nice if deputies could spend more time talking with citizens in rural communities. Until the budget allows for this type of community policing, we should try to enhance what is being done. Increased patrol in rural communities and having sheriffs office employees attend more rural community functions would go a long way to better understanding the needs of the citizens. I would be reluctant to make one area of criminal 'activity a priority over another if the need for this move was not warranted. I do believe that DUI and traffic enforcement are very important due to high number of lives lost each year from these activities. I also feel that the presence of a deputy in the rural communities checking businesses, homes and streets is just as important to the residents of that community. Once again, I believe that it is important to use all the, resources of the Saline County Sheriffs Office to bring as many criminals to There are 105 counties in Kansas and only Riley County has consolidated its law enforcement agencies. As a rule good ideas catch on quickly. Consolidation may, in the long run, save tax dollars; however, I think this concept should be studied carefully. I'm not opposed to new ideas, but I would be concerned about the people of Saline County losing their chance to voice their opinion through the electoral process. I understand that elected county and city leaders would select the chief law enforcement leader and would be accountable for their selection; somehow it just does • not seem the same as electing one's own representative. Response time to calls for assistance continues to be a primary concern to any citizen and especially to those living in rural areas. There is a corresponding need for increased law enforcement and residential development in the county. However, there is also a direct corresponding heed between a community's law enforcement assets and . its budget. I have always felt a heed for increased deputies on patrol especially during weekends, and I would request this if elected. If the budget does not allow for additional patrol deputies or until such time that it would, I may seek increased use of reserve deputies. v Source: Candidate questionnaires. Some answers were edited for length. selected has extensive experience in law enforcement. Kochanowski said he wouldn't make major changes in the operations of the sheriffs office if elected, but would learn the operations from current employees. He also will continue to attend educational and management seminars to learn of progressive programs from other jurisdictions, he said. One idea he heard about while at a seminar and initiated here was a "Welcome to Salina" program. Police officers visit the home of every new resident, giving information about city laws and brochures about city services. "It's a great way to get officers out to meet people, establish a link between the public and law enforcement," he said. One thing Kochanowski would like to start at the Saline County Jail, he said, is a program to teach inmates how to deal with anger. "The victims of domestic vio- lence turn to DVACK (Domestic Violence Association of Central Kansas)," Kochanowski said. "We can take that a step forward and deal with the aggressor, help control the anger and get out of the cycle." McClintock also would look at adding programs for inmates at the Saline County Jail, though he offered no specifics. He'd consider expanding the county's Drug Abuse Resistance Education program and imple- menting a "scared straight" program for teen-aged offenders. In such a program, a teen-aged offender would meet with a deputy, tour the jail and hear from someone who is or has been incarcerated what a life of crime is like. "The idea is to scare them into doing the right thing," McClintock said. His experience as a probation officer has given him a unique perspective on offenders, McClintock said. "It keeps me in touch day to day with what's going on with crime in Salina," he said. "I see the problems that might lead to criminal behavior. I'm more in touch with what's going on out in the street." McClintock has ho illusions that the job of sheriff will be an | easy one. •>• "But I believe in my abilities and ! have confidence in myself," he ! said. "I know there are aspects I; have no idea how to handle, but I; am willing to accept the challenge." < STATE SCHOOL BOARD Direction of Kansas education up for grabs in November Lynch sees demise of public education if philosophy changes By CAROL LICHTI The Salina Journal iloise Lynch, a retired Salina teacher and former state legislator, fears the demise of public education if the SI wrong people are elected to the State School Board. "I am running because of my deep belief in the importance of public education to a democracy," the 69-year-old Democrat said. "For the first time there is a challenge of that philosophy which has always been supported above party politics." Scott Hill, a rural Abilene farmer with two children in the Chapman School District, said he is not the enemy of public schools Lynch has claimed him to be, but a concerned parent who would like to see local school boards have more control. "I have a different perspective to bring," said Hill, a 35-year-old Republican. "Parents need a representative." Lynch and Hill are running for the 6th District of the state board, which covers all or part of 22 counties in north-central Kansas. Five of the state board's 10 seats are up for election this November. Those elected will serve four-year terms. The state board oversees the education department, adopts guidelines and standards for schools, accredits schools and issues certification of teachers, administrators, counselors and school nurses. The state board elections, normally obscure and often overlooked races, have received more attention this election. Several conservatives have filed for state board positions, raising concerns about radical changes for public education. ELOISE LYNCH i Democrat i • AGE: 69 i • ADDRESS: 705 S. Santa Fe i • POLITICAL EXPERIENCE; Six. I years in Kansas Legislature ••> \ SCOTT HILL Republican • AGE: 35 • ADDRESS: Rural Abilene • POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Legislative aide for Rep. Joe Kejr, R- Brookville, in the Kansas House. Hill has conservative views — emphasis on the basics, turning more control over to local school boards and protecting parents' choices. But he said he does not support vouchers, mandatory school prayer or eliminating sex education from the schools. And contrary to rumors he has heard, he does not home school his children. But Lynch, 705 S. Santa Fe, said Hill hides pro-voucher views behind the word "choice" and uses a disclaimer, saying he hasn't seen a voucher program he could support. Vouchers aren't necessary for parents to have choices. "If you don't wish to use the public education system that's fine as long as your child receives an education," Lynch said. "But you must bare the cost of that. And it does not remove the responsibility of helping pay for public schools." Other Issues Below are other views the candidates have on education issues: • SCHOOL FUNDING: The board doesn't determine funding for schools, but the board can advise the Legislature on funding levels. Lynch: "The board can present the legislature with the rationale for adequate funding and the needed resources. It is not adequate now." Hill: "The board can be an advocate for funding education. But the board needs to be realistic about what the legislature will accept. Two to four percent increases is probably what can be expected." i • TEACHER CERTIFICATION: Both candidates have concerns about proposals to change the way Kansas teachers are licensed. Lynch said teachers should be certified in more specific areas instead of the proposed generalized areas. For example, a psychology teacher should be certified in psychology, not in a general area of science, and a drama teacher should have knowledge of set design. Hill: "I am 99.9 percent sure I don't support major changes in teacher licensure." He, too, is concerned about the general categories. "It's important to hire teachers trained in the specific area they are going to teach." • SEX EDUCATION: Lynch: "What is more basic? And what is more devastating than a young girl who doesn't understand, or more dangerous than a little boy who doesn't understand?" In early grades, sex education is simply things like learning which rest room to use, she said. The schools need to teach it because it isn't always taught at home. And parents do have the option of not having their children take the courses. Hill: "We need sex education in the schools. But with the results we have, I'm not sure we're doing that great a job right now." Sex education curriculum should be determined at the local level because the type of informa-; tion that needs to be taught could • vary depending on the communi- ! ty. "It needs to be responsive toj the needs of the parent." " • PRAYER IN SCHOOL: '•> Lynch: "I always told my chil-J dren, any time you feel thatj prayer will help you then hop to j it." But because of freedom of reli- j gion "no one of authority in public J school can require a prayer or a ] time for a prayer to be said." , j Hill: "I cannot support mandat- j ed prayer in school. Mandating J prayer would be the opposite of j' freedom of expression." j VOTE Divine for Congress Divine «Knows it's wrong to use public elected position for personal gain. (His opponent, lawyer Jerry Moran, has collected more than $300,000 in lawyer fees from the Insurance Department he supposedly regulates.) • Believes we must balance the budget and reduce the national debt first and then target tax cuts. • Believes that amount of money spent on campaigns is criminal. Unlike his opponent, Divine has refused PAC money and will make campaign reform, including term limits and no pensions for Federal elected officials, a top priority. • Takes a firm stand on clean water. Divine believes federal water quality standards must be enforced so that other states' lax standards do not pollute Kansas water and destroy our quality of life. John Divine Will Work For YOU Vote Divine November 5th! Paid lor by Divine (or Conarwi Committee, Shirley Jacquee. Treasurer. P.O. Box 2644'Salina «KS.67io2

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