BAY MINETTE, Ala. (WALA) – The race for Baldwin County Sheriff is winding down and incumbent Sheriff Huey “Hoss” Mack is working to hold on to his position.
This year is the third go around for Mack. He started working for the sheriff’s office back in 1989 as a criminal investigator and said he can build on the successes of the office should he win reelection.
“As we continue to address the growth issues as well as the crime issues, we have now established a solid platform of management and of leadership in the sheriff’s office to continue us into those next four years,” Mack said.
With the increase in population, Mack said it’s important to grow the office to cut down on response times and address the drug situation. And more people means a need for more jail space.
“We know that in Baldwin County we’re going to have to have some addition to our jail, whether it’s in Bay Minette, or whether it’s a regional jail facility,” Mack said.
Mack also emphasized a need to continue their focus on working with children.
“I want to continue to work with our children. We’ve established great children’s programs. The best criminal to rehabilitate is no criminal at all. So if we can work with our children, to keep them from going into the criminal element, then we’ve had a great success,” Mack said.
Mack will face Larry Milstid, former chief deputy, and Jeff Dunn, an investigator with the Baldwin County District Attorney’s Office, Thursday night in a debate in Fairhope.