Mike Angley, Republican candidate
Campaign Website: angley4sheriff.org
Campaign Facebook Page: facebook.com/angley4sheriff/
Education: Naval Postgraduate School: master's degree in national security affairs; King's College: bachelor's degree in criminal justice and psychology
Experience: 10 years as the senior military advisor and law enforcement liaison to the president of Henley-Putnam University; 25 years as a special agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations
What's the best way to deal with overcrowding at the El Paso County jail?
- For low-risk, non-violent offenders: Use alternative locations, such as the Metro facility; Relax "Good Behavior" standards; Increase pre-trial release for those that don't pose a flight risk. If they have no ability to bond, set a new court date after 48 hours; Home detention sentencing options where appropriate, saves bed space and money.
- Deport foreign inmates.
- Work with judges to increase the personal recognizance (PR) bond threshold. Use more technology to remind those with a PR bond of court dates (text, social media, email).
- Divert mental illness/drug offenders to appropriate medical care.
Should the Sheriff's Office play a role in enforcing federal immigration law? Explain.
Absolutely, and the Sheriff's Office did until 2015 when the incumbent terminated the highly-effective "287(g)" joint enforcement program with ICE. I will reinstate that program and fully support President Donald Trump.
Enforcement brings deterrence which is key to reducing the county's rising crime surge. The 287(g) program also provides immunity from lawsuits, like the recent ACLU suit the county lost precisely because the incumbent terminated the enforcement program. Much of our crime is international in nature: foreign gangs like MS-13, drug cartels, and illegal immigrants. I have conducted international crime and counter-drug operations before and I will again as Sheriff.
Do you believe the medical and recreational marijuana markets are creating a problem with illegal grow operations in the county? If so, how can the Sheriff's Office help address that problem?
Legal marijuana has increased demand which stimulates the supply side market. I will tackle illegal grows, but I won't confine it to just simple crop eradication like the incumbent's current approach.
We must go after the dangerous organized crime elements behind much of these grows and 'cut the head off the snake.' I will target the leadership, infrastructure, financing, and the supply and transport lines. Whether it's an international narcotics cartel or a criminal gang, I'll make the risk of doing business in El Paso County exceed the benefit. We'll ensure hard time for those who are still not deterred.