Tim Allen leaves Peters Creek Precinct to wait for returns.
Roanokers may not have been familiar with the statewide candidates in Tuesday’s Democratic primary but they were paying attention to the sheriff’s race. Many of the 291 voters at Tim Allen’s precinct at Ruffner (Peters Creek Precinct) didn’t know the names of the other statewide candidates but were there to vote for Tim Allen.
The unofficial vote totals were 1917 for Allen and 292 for his opponent Joe Bush. The total number of voters for the day was 2274.
Allen will face Octavia Johnson the incumbent Republican who is seeking her third term as Roanoke City’s sheriff and independent Travis Akins a Certified Crime Prevention Specialist for the Roanoke Police Department.
Allen has 26 years of professional law enforcement and corrections experience. He served in the Roanoke City Sheriff’s Office for over 21 years reaching the rank of Lieutenant. He worked in the Jail, in the court services division, and the DARE Program.
Allen is a certified General Instructor, Firearms Instructor, DARE Instructor, and an FBI certified Crisis Negotiator. In 2008 he became a Captain at the Western Virginia Regional Jail. “It’s a stressful job dealing with inmates and criminals from four jurisdictions day in and day out,” said Allen.
He was a member of the Regional Jail’s transition team responsible for opening the new correctional facility in Roanoke County. In September 2010 he was promoted from Assistant Security Division Commander to Major and assumed command of the Services Division.
Allen is a graduate of the Basic Jailer Academy, Cardinal Criminal Justice Police Academy and of the National Jail Leadership Command Academy in Houston Texas. He recently retired from the Western Virginia Regional Jail to run for Sheriff of Roanoke City, a long-time goal of his he said.
Allen said after his win he was going to have a small celebration and get some rest – “this was just the first leg of the race.”
He said of the Sheriff’s Department at a previous Democratic event that there needs to be more staff involvement. “That’s not going on right now.” There needs to be more training divvied out. “There is only about one percent of the folks that are able to get some of the training,” he said.
Phones ring off the hook in Roanoke City Registrar’s Office as numbers are tallied.
Allen wants to see Regional Cooperation to “strengthen relationships with other local and federal agencies.”
He plans to increase the inmate work crews from 2 to 4 full time crews. “This would allow the citizens of Roanoke to have work crew assigned to each quadrant of the city. It saves the taxpayers a tremendous amount of money and allows an inmate to give back to his or her community. This will help with recidivism.”
He would also address staff morale. “Having an Employee Advisory Committee will give staff an opportunity to address the issues and be a part of the solutions.”
“My focus and my goal – if I can keep a jail clean, orderly, staff trained and people focused then certainly it’s going to be a safer place. I’m not a politician – I’m a jail administrator … I’ve truly enjoyed this process and the opportunity to get out and meet folks,” said Allen. “I’ve been well received.”
Joe Bush ran for the Democratic nomination for Sheriff in 2009 and gave it another go this year. Bush served 15 years in law enforcement and part of that time as deputy sheriff in Prince Edward County. He resigned his position as a Probation and Parole officer in the winter of 2012 to run for Roanoke City Sheriff.
Other statewide numbers in Roanoke City were Aneesh Chopra 1344 to Sen. Ralph Northam’s 738 and for Justin Fairfax 1430 to Sen. Mark Herring’s 674. Statewide Northam won for LG and Herring won the AG Democratic Primary.
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Election 2013, Elections, Politics, Roanoke City Politics
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