Crawford announces candidacy for sheriff

| December 16, 2019

COSHOCTON –James Crawford recently announced his candidacy for sheriff of Coshocton County and voters will see his name on the ballot for the 2020 primary election.

“I have deep respect and allegiance to our community and when I see our community is not getting the service it deserves, I am not someone who complains or just accepts mediocracy but rather the type of person that will stand up and take those steps necessary to insure our community is served with the upmost respect,” he said. “As your sheriff I will have the ability to incorporate my morals and ethics in the day to day operations. I feel very strongly about my abilities and have the passion to surge forward to make those changes to improve the quality of service and dedication needed as your sheriff.”

Crawford has lived in Coshocton County since the third grade and is a 1984 graduate of River View High School.

“I married my high school sweetheart, Lisa, 33 years ago and we are the proud parents of two beautiful daughters, Jessica and Marissa,” he said. “It is because of my family that I am who I am today. They have encouraged me to always be better and never stop trying. My whole working career I have, in one way or the other, worked in a ‘service’ oriented job.”

In 2001 Crawford got the opportunity to work at the sheriff’s office. During his career there he served or supervised in several roles including: Dispatch, jail, patrol and many extra assignments such as technology improvements, sex offender registration, firearms and general law enforcement instructor.

“Along with these additional assignments, I have had the honor and privilege to be on the security detail of two presidential campaigns,” he said. “I became an academy instructor for the Ohio Peace Officers Academy with additional certifications in child abuse and neglect and missing children. While instructing on missing children I began to investigate furthering my knowledge and received certifications in child abduction response team (CART) and was later appointed as one of only two deputy sheriff’s from Ohio, to the Ohio Attorney Generals ‘CART’ committee, which I served on until Sept. 6, 2019.”

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