The Woodward News

Local News

June 24, 2012

Woodward County Sheriff Candidate Joe Adams

Woodward, Okla. — Question No. 1: With the new open carry law that goes into effect Nov. 1, how do you think that will affect how the sheriff’s office operates?  Do you think it will cause problems in Woodward County?                                                                                                             

The new open carry law will cause law enforcement to approach scenes in a different manner. Arriving at a disturbance will be a challenge because an individual may in fact be openly carrying a weapon; a judgment call may have to be made on the spot. This will require more training for the situation. The general public will still have to be licensed as they are for the current law. I don’t believe the change will cause any more of a problem than the existing concealed carry law.

Question No. 2: There have been a number of scuffles at the new county jail.  How do you plan to address inmate fights and keep inmates from injuring other inmates and/or staff?

The Woodward County jail has the ability to lock down inmates up to 4 per cell. When scuffles occur there needs to be procedures in place to insure the safety of officers and other inmates. These would include individual lock downs.  Inmates should be held accountable for their actions.  Jailers need constant training and need the ability to control the environment for their safety as well as the safety of the inmates.  With training this will save time and could possibly save an officer or inmate from harm.                                                            

 

Question No. 3: Tell us about your job history.  What are your qualifications for becoming sheriff?                  

I served my country during the Vietnam War in the United States Navy.  

I have 34 years’ experience working for the citizens of Woodward County. I have worked as an EMT at Woodward County EMS at the same time running my own construction company.  I worked 13 years for Howes Refrigeration.  I started as a night time deputy at the Sheriff’s Office working my way to Captain.    I have been the D.A.R.E. officer for the last several years. I have enjoyed working with the Woodward county school teachers and teaching kids how to make the right decisions.  I am responsible for the D.A.R.E. appropriations that pay for 2 deputies, our vehicles, training and education.  I have had continued education in crime investigations, crime scenes, crime to and by children and human trafficking.  I have had hands on experience with all of these with the exception of human trafficking.   I recently had to take leave from the Sheriff’s Office since I am a candidate for Sheriff.    

Text Only
Local News
  • Tulsa man looking for military friend

    There are times in everyone's life when you think back and wonder whatever happened to those old friends from your past.

    July 23, 2014

  • Zoning change approved by commission

    Monday night Woodward city commissioners unanimously approved a zoning change that was contested by one local man who was protesting because he wants the neighborhood to continue its residential growth.

    July 23, 2014

  • Tangier Reunion set for Saturday, Sunday

    When Barbara (Allison) Merwin thinks back to the years she spent in the classrooms of Tangier High School, it takes a few moments for her to recall how school life was 60 years ago.

    July 23, 2014

  • Traveler Majors take regional opener

    ALVA - The Traveler Majors continued their strong Connie Mack playoff showing at Northwestern Oklahoma State University Tuesday.

    July 22, 2014

  • County OKs road use agreement

    Woodward County Commissioners on Monday approved a final version of a road use agreement between a energy company planning a wind turbine construction project near southeast Woodward County.

    July 22, 2014

  • Camp to show art is everywhere

    The Woodward Arts Theatre will become a recycling plant next week.

    July 22, 2014

  • Fairview Wrangler Rodeo turns 50 this year

    Western fun continues in Northwest Oklahoma as the Fairview Wrangler’s hosting their 50th annual rodeo.

    July 22, 2014

  • Common Core repeal has educators worried

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — With the Legislature's repeal of tough, new English and math standards known as Common Core, education leaders said they're concerned Oklahoma students will fall further behind their counterparts in more than 40 state which have implemented the standards.

    July 22, 2014

  • web1.jpg Travelers win Connie Mack state championship

    Down 2-0 and down to their final three outs, the Traveler Majors delivered a championship rally in the seventh inning Sunday.

    July 20, 2014 9 Photos

  • Hearing set on rezoning

    City commissioners will tackle rezoning items and a licensing agreement amendment Monday evening at the regularly scheduled meeting of the City of Woodward and Woodward Municipal Authority.

    July 20, 2014