Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Today's Politcal Class . . . Sheriff's

I so love home education!!!  We have been studying current political issues each day.  Today we watched the below short video and then dug in just a little bit to learn more about the office of Sheriff.  Here is what we found.  I hope you will be inspired to do a little research to learn about where your sheriff stands on some of the very important issues that are facing us today.

Here is what we learned about our Sheriff.
Defiance County Sheriff
David J. Westrick
113 Biede Ave.
Defiance, Ohio 43512
Sheriff Westrick has served Defiance County since 1985.
He is a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment.

Who is a sheriff?
1) Sheriffs are constitutional officers, meaning they are all elected into office by popular vote.
2) Sheriffs do not have a supervisor. They don’t have to answer to a board of supervisors or county administrator. However, any extra funding that’s not mandated by law is controlled by county government.
Sheriffs are responsible for:
1) Executing and returning process, meaning they serve all civil papers, such as divorce papers, eviction notices, lien notices, etc. They must also return a copy of the executed paperwork to the clerk of court.
2) Attending and protecting all court proceedings in the jurisdiction. A sheriff may appoint deputies to assist with all duties.
3) Preserve order at public polling places.
4) Publish announcements regarding sale of foreclosed property. The sheriff is also responsible for conducting public auctions of foreclosed property.
5) Serving eviction notices. The sheriff must sometimes forcibly remove tenants and their property from their homes or businesses.
6) Maintain the county jail and transport prisoners to and from court. The sheriff is also responsible for transporting county prisoners to state prison after they’re been sentenced by the court.
7) In many areas the sheriff is responsible for all law enforcement of their jurisdiction. Some towns do not have police departments, but all jurisdictions (with the exception of Alaska, Hawaii, and Connecticut) must have a sheriff’s office.
Sheriffs and their deputies have arrest powers in all areas of the county where they were elected, including all cities, towns, and villages located within the county.

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