Two men are running to become the Republican candidate for Fulton County Sheriff in the primary election on Tuesday, March 6.
They seek to replace Darrell Merillat, who, after about 27 years in office, is not seeking reelection.
After the primary, the winning GOP sheriff candidate could face either an independent or write-in challeger in a general election.
No Democratic candidatefi led to run in the primary election.
Candidate: Roy Miller
Native of: Fulton County
Family: wife, Kathy; four children
Education: Evergreen High School, 1986 graduate; Columbus State University, degree in law enforcement, 1990
Present employment: Fulton County Sheriff Office
Affiliations: Buckeye Sheriff’s Association, state and national FBI National Academy Associates, Fulton County Farm Bureau, Fulton County Historical Society, St. Caspar Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus
Goals: Encourage technology advancement offered to the law enforcement field; continue with training on changing laws and evidence collection procedures; continue building relationships with other law enforcement agencies and fire departments; work within the department budget.
Comments: “I have been dedicated to the Fulton County Sheriff’s office for 21 years. I have served as deputy, investigator, lieutenant, and currently, as chief deputy.”
Candidate: Rick Sluder
Native of: Wauseon
Family: wife, Camille, four children.
Education: Wauseon High School, 1987 graduate; University of Toledo, studied law enforcement, 1987-88, received Ohio Peace Officer certificate; currently finishing bachelor’s degree in public administration and political science at Bowling Green State University; Police Executive Leadership College graduate.
Present employment: Chief of Police, village of Delta; assistant chief, Wauseon Fire Department; officer development instructor, Ohio Fire Academy.
Affiliations: Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police; Police Executive Leadership College Alumni; National Sheriff’s Association; Fulton County Firemans Association; led the initiative for the Fulton County 911 Memorial artifact; Sons of the American Legion, Ohio Farm Bureau, Wauseon FFA Alumni, Fulton County 911 Advisory Board, past member of the Wauseon Homecoming Committee, Trinity Lutheran Church, Wauseon.
Other Experience: “My 23 years of service to Fulton County in police, fire and emergency medical service and my proven command experience during major emergencies have helped me develop the leadership abilities necessary for the office of sheriff.
Goals: Develop the Fulton County 911 communications center into a professional model of police, fire, and EMS dispatching; will implement a philosophy of teamwork and cooperation with local police departments that will allow for coordinated efforts in criminal investigations; will improve the morale of the sheriff office employees by investing in training and developing a culture of honesty, integrity, and fairness.
Comments: “As sheriff, my values of faith, family, and community will provide a strong foundation for making the right decisions to protect the heritage of Fulton County.”
What is difficulty? Only a work indicating the degree of strength requisite for ac-complishing particular ob-jects; a mere notice of the necessity for exertion; a mere stimulus to men.–Samuel Warren