BAY MINETTE, Ala. (WALA) – The race for Baldwin County Sheriff is winding down and one of the challengers hoping to unseat incumbent Sheriff Huey “Hoss” Mack is Larry Milstid.
Milstid was chief deputy sheriff for the department for 18 years up until 2006 and served in the army in Vietnam. He said his more than 20 years of law enforcement service make him more than qualified for the job.
“I had the authority and the responsibility for all divisions of the sheriff’s office. I wrote many, many grants, I prepared budgets, and so forth. And I’m fully aware of what it takes to run that operation,” Milstid said.
Beyond his role as chief deputy, Milstid also taught for 17 years at the Southwest Alabama Police Academy, served for three years as an investigator for the Baldwin County District Attorney’s Office and holds three degrees in business and management.
“I feel like I’ve got the background in law enforcement, I’ve got the educational credentials and I understand it and I want to do this. And I want to return the sheriff’s office to the public,” Milstid said.
He said growth is one of the biggest issues facing Baldwin County and that the unincorporated areas aren’t seeing enough attention.
“People lock up and leave every morning before they go to work, and they’re just at the mercy of hoping they’ve got a good alarm system or a dog or something like that. And there’s just not enough high profile patrolling out there in these unincorporated areas,” Milstid said.
Milstid will meet with Mack and his other challenger, Jeff Dunn, an investigator with the Baldwin County District Attorney’s Office, Thursday night at a debate in Fairhope.