The hottest race for the county office right now is that of Pulaski County Sheriff’s, with as many as four candidates officially announcing their candidacy.
The latest is Pulaski County Deputy Sheriff David Wesley, who, like fellow candidates Todd Dalton, Bobby Jones and Troy McLin, is seeking the Republican nomination in the May 2022 primary.
“My number one priority is the safety of the men, women and children of Pulaski County,” said the MP.
Wesley was 21 when he was hired by the late Sheriff Sam Catron in 1987 as a dispatcher. He became a part-time assistant two years later while continuing to work with his parents, Bobby and Carolyn Wesley, in the family furniture store.
Wesley bought Carolyn’s Furniture from his parents in 1999, but continued to enforce the law even as he ran a successful multi-million dollar business. After the assassination of his mentor Catron in 2002, Wesley obtained his pilot’s license at his own expense so that he could keep the department’s helicopter in flight.
âAnyone who knew Sam knows how much he loved flying the helicopter; we had a lot of talk about how the sheriff’s office needed another pilot,â Wesley said. “From 2002 to 2006, I flew the helicopter as a volunteer – helping ground officers with everything from chases, missing persons, stolen vehicles to looking for illegal drugs.”
After seven years, Wesley sold Carolyn’s Furniture to return full time to his “real passion” for law enforcement. He told the Commonwealth Journal he turned down promotions so he could continue as a road assistant – be in the county and help people.
âEvery call I answer is unique, some are heartbreaking and some are uplifting, but it doesn’t matter one way or another, I’ve helped someone,â said Dep. Wesley said. “Being on the road for so many years has given me a better understanding of what needs to be done to help the Sheriff’s Department better serve the community.”
One of his goals, if elected, is to work with the Pulaski County School Board to ensure that every school has a School Resource Officer (SRO). Wesley said three more would be needed to cover all elementary schools. He would also like a full-time grants writer to help secure what the sheriff’s budget can’t cover.
âObtaining grants will be an essential part of my administration,â Wesley said. âThese funds will be used to fund positions and buy equipment that our annual budget does not cover. I plan to hire two county security officers who will help tackle traffic jams at schools and funeral processions. ‘have no time to sit in traffic and every individual deserves an escort to their last resting place. Finally, these security guards will help motorists unlock keys, flat tires and assistance in the event of a problem. car. “
Retaining MPs is another goal, with Wesley pledging to work with the county government to ensure a “living wage”.
“I will make sure that the staff do not affect your safety and that when you need an assistant, one will be available and can reach you quickly,” he said.
To fight drugs, which Wesley calls the county’s biggest problem, he plans to create a narcotics task force and educational programs for children “to break the cycle of addiction.”
Dep. Wesley added that a successful ministry must have transparency and accountability. If elected, he plans to hold community meetings to hear concerns and find out which specific areas need more attention.
“If the citizens of Pulaski County elect me sheriff, I will be fair, I will work hard, I will be accessible, I will be responsible, I will be respectful, I will never stop learning, I will never forget that every citizen has a name, and most importantly, and I’ll be a sheriff who works for you, âhe said.
Wesley and his wife Stacy, who serves as chief paralegal for the 28th Commonwealth Prosecutor’s Judicial Circuit Office, have made Somerset their home.