MALONE –– Franklin County Sheriff Kevin Mulverhill announced Tuesday that he will seek re-election this November, possibly unopposed by a Democratic candidate.
I promised the voters in Franklin County that I would increase efficiencies and improve operations at the county jail, and we have done so, Mr. Mulverhill said in a press release. I promised that sheriffs deputies would be used to enhance public safety by assisting other law enforcement agencies and maintaining a more visible presence throughout the county, and they have done so.
To date, no one from the Democratic Party has expressed an interest in running for the office, according to Kelly Cox, county Democratic elections commissioner.
Mr. Mulverhill cites several major accomplishments in his first term, including electronic home monitoring, enhanced tracking of sex offenders, a military surplus program and fiscal responsibility.
Mr. Mulverhill said, working with the courts and Franklin County district attorneys office, inmates fitting certain criteria are housed at their place of residence and monitored electronically. This reduces overcrowding at the county jail, and saves taxpayer dollars that would otherwise be spent boarding these inmates at other facilities.
He said the establishment of a county-wide sex offender address verification program has resulted in better tracking and monitoring of registered offenders and has also resulted in numerous arrests of individuals who have not complied with the sex offender registry law.
Active participation in Pentagons 1033 Military Surplus Program has resulted in the acquisition of numerous pieces of decommissioned equipment, free of charge, from the U.S. military, Mr. Mulverhill said.
And, he reports, the Franklin County sheriffs office has come in under budget for two years in a row by constantly reviewing the offices operating expenses and finding ways to cut costs.
Mr. Mulverhill is a resident of Malone with more than 30 years of law enforcement experience. He was first elected sheriff in 2010, and has received the endorsement of the Franklin County Republican Committee.
Mr. Mulverhill is the chairman of the Franklin County Traffic Safety Board and said he has championed steps to reduce the level of serious traffic crashes in the county and save lives.
He also serves on a number of county-wide committees including: Franklin County Prevention Task Force, Suicide Prevention Task Force, Franklin County Intimate Partner Violence Task Force, Counter Terrorism and the Northern Border Drug Task Force.
Mr. Mulverhill was recently selected as the president-elect of the Malone Rotary Club and is a member of the Malone Lodge of Elks.
His wife, Shelley, is a teacher for the Malone Central School District and the couple has seven children.