Butcher enters sheriff's race

Glenn Butcher

By Joseph Slacian

A Wabash County businessman has entered the 2018 race for Wabash County sheriff.

Glenn Butcher, owner of Bass & Bucks, announced Wednesday, Sept. 13, that he is seeking the Republican nomination for sheriff in the 2018 Primary Election.

He said he believes his more than 30 years of business experience will be a benefit in the post.

“I bring to the table my belief in God, family values and respect for our Constitution with honesty and integrity,” he said in a press release. “I am a great supporter of private property rights, and the safety and security of Wabash County residents.”

Butcher, in an interview with The Paper of Wabash County, said he has been thinking about running for about one year.

“My wife and I were the only ones who knew,” he said.

He said his decision to run was prompted by comments he heard from members of different law enforcement agencies about how they would run a department.

“By no means are we saying what we have now isn’t running smoothly or that I have a problem with it,” Butcher said. “I just feel I can do better.”

He believes his more than 30 years of business experience will be a great benefit to the office.

“A lot of people don’t realize, but the first role of a sheriff is as an administrator,” Butcher said. “They don’t go out and arrest people. They’re there to run that jail the most efficient and the best way possible.”

He admits that he has no background in law enforcement, but doesn’t believe that would pose a problem if elected.

“Once the voters realize that a sheriff does not have to have that, that the sheriff’s department is indeed a business and it should be ran like a business, they’ll keep a more open mind,” Butcher said. “They need to keep in mind that we elect a president every four years. He’s the commander in chief of our military. Has our president now served one day in the armed forces? No.”

He said as an administrator he would put the best people possible on the job to make the department run smoothly.

“I’m not here to re-invent the wheel,” Butcher said. “I’m not going ever to say anything negative about the other candidates. They can say what they want to, but my message and agenda is between the voters and me. I just want everyone to keep an open mind.”

The opioids epidemic is one of the biggest problems facing the county, Butcher believes.

“We can tackle it with forfeiture of real property and vehicles,” he said in his release. “Once found guilty, (the person’s) property will be sold and half the money will go to the new jail fund and half will go to the drug treatment programs … Let those in the drug trafficking business know they are not welcome in Wabash County.

He also would like to create weekly law enforcement meetings with surrounding departments to share information and trends.

He also plans to “establish a coalition made up of public health, safety, religious education and political personnel to address the ever changing needs of our county. The coalition would be used to combat any concerns the public might have and serve as the people’s voice to move that concern forward to the appropriate venue.”

Butcher said he would also like to have public forums and monthly meetings in the county’s various townships to allow public input, and to add additional reserve deputies, giving merit deputies more time to work cases.

“I will start touring Wabash County by meeting with different churches, civic organizations and at town halls to answer questions, give further details about my agenda and to listen to concerns,” Butcher said in the release. “If you would like me to speak to your group, please feel free to contact me. I am approachable. I will stand with you and do what I say. Everything I do is, I do 100 percent.”

Posted on 2017 Sep 19