Business Leader Seeks Sheriff’s Post
SISTERSVILLE – Trevor Tallman, the Democratic candidate for Tyler County sheriff, is running a campaign that stresses law enforcement experience, plans to tackle illegal drugs trade and foster community dialogue.
The general election will be Nov. 8.
Tallman said he has extensive law enforcement/public service experience as a former Bethlehem police officer and as a corrections officer with the West Virginia Division of Corrections.
“I’m the only candidate with any type of law enforcement experience, professionalism and qualifications,” he said.
Tallman pledges to get tough on the drug trade.
“Make no mistake about it,” he said. “If you are a drug dealer in Tyler County or you are a drug pusher, you better change your occupation because I’m coming after you.”
Not only does Tallman plan to take the offensive against the drug industry, but he plans to pursue grant funding to create programs that will rehabilitate drug users.
“They’re going to see a sheriff’s department so tough on the drug industry,” he said. “I’m the only candidate that’s got a real plan. I know the right professionals that I’ve been associated with through the years throughout the state that I can reach out to.”
Tallman, a lifelong resident of Tyler County, is married to Mariana Tallman and they have three sons.
A 1989 graduate of Tyler County High School, Tallman is the owner/operator of the Meadville Mall LLC.
“I’ve been a lifelong resident of Tyler County for 46 years,” Tallman said. “That’s where my family if from. This is where I’ve chosen to raise my family simply because of the people in Tyler County. It’s a really good place to raise your children, your family. It has an excellent educational system. It’s just a good place to be.”
Gaining the voters’ trust is a big issue in any election from the presidential race on down the ballot.
“As to why you should trust me to be your Tyler County sheriff is basically, I have coached their kids throughout sporting activities through the years,” he said. “I’ve been a past president of the Middlebourne Youth League. I’ve been a Pomona Grange Master, a big farmers’ organization. On top of that, I’ve supported numerous programs not just now running for political office, but for the past 20 years. I’ve supported the FFA, 4-H program, donated to numerous causes throughout the county not just once, but numerous times. I’m a community player. Saying that, holding multiple positions, I think that pretty much qualifies me that I’m trustworthy.”
Tallman said he will do things differently if elected as sheriff.
“I think we’ve got a lot of professional law enforcement officers in this county. I think we’ve got some real good ones some of the best. I think like anything, there just need to be a change of the guard. I’m going to lead by example.”
However, Tallman said he wants the sheriff’s department to better engage the community it serves so as to create a dialogue between deputies and citizens.
“I’m not going to sit behind a desk. I’m not going to micromanage, but I’m going to work to understand people,” he said. “I’m going to build back the community relationship and the dialogue with people by being out here, being seen, being out. I don’t believe all police work is done from a police car. I think you’ve got to mix it up. I believe the law enforcement officers in this community need to be a little more friendly with its residents, its citizens, by talking to them.”
Tallman supports having more deputies on duty after midnight. He does not think the deputies’ pay should be increased because it’s comparable to the salaries paid to other law enforcement agents. He said a sheriff has to assess the office to see where the general funds where money might be better spent in different areas to ensure the department has the best equipment available.
Tallman’s plan is to pursue an agenda that Tyler County wants.
“I’m the guy who is going to go in there and look at the broad picture and the short term,” he said. “I’m not just going to go in there flipping the pages and making a bunch of changes. I’ve got my own agenda. When I say I’ve got my own agenda, I’ve got Tyler County’s agenda which is what I’ve been hearing out in the public the issues and different things people need addressed.”