Are you a legal resident of the district you’re seeking to represent? Yes
Have you ever been convicted of a crime? No
Have you ever sued a public entity or been sued by one? No
Do you have any unpaid property taxes? No
Do you have any unpaid parking tickets? No
Do you have any other debts to a public entity? No
If elected will you work at the job full time? Yes
Will you continue to own or operate an outside business while holding this full-time public office? No
Will you have your home phone number listed in the phone book? Yes
Will you keep regular office hours? Yes
Q. Why should voters choose you? What are your specific qualifications for the position?
A. I am the most qualified and experienced candidate for the position of Sheriff. My qualifications include 41 years of law-enforcement experience in Galveston County with 28 years in successful leadership roles. I have served as Chief of Police in the Galveston Police Department and as Chief Deputy for the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office. As Chief of Police with Galveston my responsibilities included the command of a 204 member department with a $7 million budget. The responsibilities of Chief Deputy include the supervision of the command staff and oversight of 439 fulltime and 60 part-time employees with an annual budget of $28 million. I am a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Course for police administrators. Additional training includes Master Peace Officer and Instructor certificates from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education.
Q. What are the issues in this campaign? What is your platform on those issues?
A. The issues and priorities have remained the same during this campaign and include the following:
a. Increase narcotics and special crimes investigations and reduce crime county-wide
b. Place more patrol deputies in high crime areas
c. Building on the success of information sharing by providing every police agency in the County connectivity to the Sheriff’s Office criminal database to instantly access information on criminals
d. Work for a fair pay plan to attract and retain qualified deputies and further their career development through training and education
e. Continue our primary function for the safe and secure operation of the County Jail
Q. If you promise to control or reduce taxes tell us how and be specific. For example how do you propose offsetting the inflation in government operating costs you cannot control (insurance utilities fuel costs etc.) by cutting costs you can control?
A. Although this question may not be directed to the Sheriff Candidates as the Sheriff I will be fiscally responsible by assuring the public that every tax dollar is spent wisely and in conformance to County policy.
Q. What government programs or personnel can be cut to reduce the increasing cost of government? Be specific.
A. The Galveston County Sheriff’s Office is mandated by the Texas Jail Commission to adjust deputy positions in the County Jail to correspond to inmate population. Failure to comply could lead to fines and facility sanctions. There are state and federal programs that actually reimburse the County for the cost of housing illegal aliens and supporting salaries and equipment for the Auto Crimes Task Force. Other federal agencies reimburse the overtime costs for local investigators and the funds are placed directly back in the County’s General Fund Budget.
Q. What specific actions would you take to make the office you seek more accessible to county residents and work efficiently with tax monies?
A. The Sheriff’s Office recently adopted the Police to Citizen (P2C) Program on the Internet that allows residents to view information on jail inmates charges bonds and photographs. It also allows access to accident and police reports at no charge. Users can also check the Sheriff’s calls for service and activity in their own neighborhoods without leaving their own homes.
Q. Tell us a about yourself. How old are you? What is your occupation? What is your highest level of education?
A. I am Freddie Poor and happily married for 39 years to my wife Karen. We have two children and two grandchildren. I am 61 years old and have worked in law enforcement since 1967. I have completed 60 college semester hours. My community involvement includes past and present service as a board member or volunteer with the Advocacy Center for Children of Galveston County; Children’s Protective and Regulatory Services; Galveston Teen Health Center; Communities in Schools; United Way of Galveston Island; Bay Area Council — Boy Scouts of America and Galveston County Emergency Services District No. 1.