Sheriff Mark Bowen is not ready to give up his spot as top cop in Hamilton County.
“It’s gone by very quickly,” he said after submitting his candidacy paperwork at the Hamilton County Elections Office on Jan. 8. “It’s hard to believe it’s time to file again.”
Bowen, who has worked 22 years in the county sheriff’s office, is seeking a second four-year term.
“I’m proud to be the elected sheriff. I want to continue to serve the citizens in that capacity for the next four years,” he said.
Bowen said his first priority is – and will continue to be – public safety.
“We all know some serious events have happened in Hamilton County. My goal is to aggressively target the criminal element and work with the prosecutors and courts to pursue those individuals to the fullest extent of the law,” he said.
Challenges facing the elected sheriff include the ongoing radio and software system upgrades.
“It’s a challenge for all of us in the public safety arena,” Bowen said. “A countywide training facility is being discussed along with the radio system upgrade. We’re working as a team here in Hamilton County.”
Bowen said the biggest challenges in his eyes are technology moving forward and trying to keep crime at bay in Hamilton County.
“Budgets are always a concern. It was difficult my first year or two,” he said, adding his department has come in under budget the past few years.
The opportunity to help people is Bowen’s favorite part of his job.
“Working with folks in collaborative efforts to keep citizens safe in Hamilton County,” he said. “Keeping Hamilton County as the No. 1 place to live, work and raise a family.”
Like in his first election, Bowen plans to use grassroots campaigning.
“I’ll reach out to as many people as possible,” he said. “Certainly, the experience is very beneficial. I know what to expect. My hope is to be uncontested, but if not I’ll strategize and put together a quality campaign.”