WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – The Trumbull County Sheriff’s race is heating up between the incumbent, Sheriff Tom Altiere, and current Howland Police Chief Paul Monroe.
Monroe has the Democratic Party’s endorsement, but Altiere has held the position for 23 years as the county’s longest-running sheriff. If elected, it will be Altiere’s seventh term in office.
Monroe said despite Altiere’s longevity, he is optimistic.
“Well, I think the Democratic Party has spoken. They’re ready for a change,” he said.
Altiere said he has a passion for the job, however.
“I’m compassionate about my job. I’m here every day, and you know, this job isn’t something that you come in the morning and leave at three, four o’clock in the afternoon. This is a 24/7 job, and I’ve done a great job. I have built this office up,” he said.
On the heels of a record-breaking year for overdose-related deaths, both candidates know the heroin epidemic is on the minds of those heading to the polls. If elected, they anticipate spending much of the job dealing with the drug epidemic.
“I think the important thing is, and not only the state recognizes it but the federal government, is intervention, and we’re at the perfect location right here, ’cause when we get somebody that’s brought in who’s addicted to an opiate, we have mental health here 40 hours a week,” Monroe said.
“We have to take back our streets from drug dealers, and we have to make it safe here again so someone wants to live here, someone wants to raise a family here,” Altiere said.
Altiere said he has the experience to lead the county’s sheriff department. Monroe said he has new ideas for it.
“We have a top-heavy staff at the Sheriff’s Office. Eliminate one of those positions, and you create two deputy slots,” Monroe said. “We’re going to expand the deputies. We’ll have more deputies on the road under my administration.”