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Clallam sheriff to run for third term

April 15th, 2014 - 5:32am

Port Angeles) Clallam County sheriff Bill Benedict will run again this fall.

Benedict announced yesterday he intends to seek a third term.

Benedict says he's proud of a number of accomplishments in his first eight years as sheriff, including helping get jail medical costs down as well as improving community policing.

He says if re-elected, he'd like to continue to emphasize community policing and work to address a rise in property crimes in the county.

Benedict says he'd also work to get general authority for tribal police departments, which would allow tribal police to make stops and arrests of non-tribal members on the local reservations instead of calling on sheriff's deputies.

Benedict, who is a former road deputy, challenged former sheriff Joe Martin to win the seat eight years ago. He ran unopposed last time. So far, no one has announced intentions to run against Benedict.

Filing for elected offices begins next month.


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