Putnam County sheriff's race sees familiar faces


OTTAWA -- The race for Putnam County Sheriff, will see two familiar faces square off.

Incumbent James Beutler, has held the post since being elected in 2001 and has spent more than three decades working with the Putnam County office. Beutler, who also spent several years working for the Ohio Department of Transportation (1972-76), is the Democratic party's representative for the post and he hopes to continue to serve the people of Putnam County.

"I'm seeking re-election to continue a dedicated passion for helping and working for the people of Putnam County," explained Buetler. "I hope to continue current safety programs, designed to protect our youth and seniors while also expanding current new community-oriented policing strategies and prevention education programs."

Buetler's opponent, Michael Chandler, is also no stranger to the operations of the sheriff's office.

Chandler recently retired after 25 years of service to the community as a county deputy.

"It has been an aspiration of mine to be the sheriff for a long time," admitted the Fort Jennings resident. "I'm running for the office of sheriff because the people of Putnam County both demand and deserve a high quality of leadership and guidance and I feel that I can do that for them."

The following is a profile of the candidates:

Name: James Beutler

Age: 58

Address: 18288 Road 9-Q, Columbus Grove

Education: Ottawa-Glandorf High School graduate, 1972

Family: four children and 10 grandchildren

Occupation: Putnam County sheriff

Previous political offices: Putnam County sheriff

Party affiliation: Democrat

What are your qualifications for this position: I have extensive experience in management of the office with five separate division in corrections, communications, investigations, court security and law enforcement services by meeting the qualifications of being a certified law enforcement manager, and working with the office for nearly 36 years. I also have a very diverse background in education to know and have the ability to address all aspects of the office.

Top three goals (and how do you expect to achieve them): 1. To implement "Operation Life Saver" -- It is for helping at risk persons such as autistic children, dementia and Azheimer's patients who go wondering. It has been federally funded and approved and waiting for training and equipment. 2. Start "TRIAD -- A program by engaging our seniors in helping fight crime and protect them to make our community even safer. 3. Awareness program -- Develop and launch an awareness program to enhance safety for pedestrians and cyclists who are at risk along our roadways by collaborating with safe communities and the Department of Public Safety while also upgrading our 911 Communications Center to the "next generation" of technology for text over IP and the hearing impaired.

Name: Michael Chandler

Age: 53

Address: 16608 Road 20-P, Fort Jennings

Family: wife, Jane; children, Aaron and Stacie

Occupation: retired from Putnam County Sheriff's Office

Previous political offices: N/A

Party affiliation: Republican

What are your qualifications for this position: In working for the sheriff's office for the last 25 years, I feel that I have acquired the skills necessary to provide the highest quality of leadership that the people of Putnam County can ask for.

Top three goals (and how do you expect to achieve them): My main goal, and I have several, is to establish a better working relationship between the public and the other law enforcement agencies in the county and with other county offices.

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