Decision 2022: The candidates for Fulton County Sheriff

Published: Oct. 10, 2022 at 6:30 PM CDT
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FULTON COUNTY (25 News Now) - Two Sheriff’s Office veterans are vying to become the next Sheriff of Fulton County.

The two candidates are Deputies Ryan Maricle and Jon Webb. Both have worked for FCSO for more than a decade, Maricle for 18 years and Webb for 11 years. They are running to replace current Sheriff Jeff Standard, who decided not to seek reelection to the position he has held since 2006.

The two candidates say their experience qualifies them for the position. Webb says his top priority is cracking down on drug crimes, while Maricle says his is improving communication.

“I’d like to reimplement the K9 program,” Webb said. “I think its a big way to combat drug use and drug users.”

“Communication and transparency with the citizens of Fulton County,” Maricle said. “If something takes place in our county, the public should know about it.”

The winner will take office as the controversial ‘SAFE-T Act’ goes into effect at the beginning of 2023. It will, among other things, eliminate cash bail. Both candidates said the act will make it harder for their deputies to do their jobs.

“The leader of the department is going to have to educate his [deputies], and make sure we’re transitioning and doing this right,” Webb said.

“There are so many changes coming up, not just for the citizens, but for law enforcement, so we’re going to have to have a great leader to help adjust the way we do our job,” Maricle said.

The Sheriff’s office has had some difficult times in recent years. Deputy Troy Chisum was murdered a few years back, and last Summer, the department was a part of a massive manhunt to catch four escaped inmates from the Fulton County Jail. Webb and Maricle say they are up to the task.

“I want to continue to foster my relationship with the community, and do anything I can to help the community and law enforcement,” Maricle said.

“Fulton County is a great place to raise a family,” Webb said. “It’s rural. It’s a farm community... and I want to make sure the community remains safe.”

You can watch the full interviews with each candidate. They are posted below.