PICKAWAY – In the closest sheriff race we have seen in years Sheriff-Elect Hafey has been verified the winner by only 331 votes. Hafey said that he has a few changes to come.
Come January 4th Hafey says one of the first things he will address is the jail situation.
“The jail is understaffed, overworked, its not safe for them or the inmates, it could be a liability to the county,” said Hafey.
Sheriff Hafey said that he would be aimed at opening doors with mutual aid agreements in the county.
“I want to reach out to other agencies and get them around a table and ask, How can we help each other when it comes to law enforcement?” Get all law enforcement on the same page in Pickaway county to fight crime.”
Sheriff-Elect Hafey said in a interview with us at the election meeting when asked since this was such a 50/50 split almost half of Pickaway county didnt vote for him how we responded to that.
“I’m a sheriff for everyone in Pickaway county,” said Hafey, ” even if they didn’t vote for me. I want to be their sheriff, I’m here to do my job and do the best job possible, and I’m going to make sure that my deputies do the best job possible also. It’s about law enforcement in Pickaway county.”
Sheriff Radcliff has five days from the announcement of the certified votes to appeal for a recount, in which he would have to pay for because the margin of votes does not fall within the recount percentage for a automatic recount by the BOE.