Sebastian County’s new sheriff took time Wednesday to talk about what’s ahead for the future of the Sheriff’s Office.
Hobe Runion has been part of the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office for 20 years and chief deputy for the last five.
Runion said being in the office has allowed him to get a head start in making changes and made for a seamless transition.
One of his top priorities is addressing the issue of recruiting and retaining qualified employees.
Runion said one of the biggest challenges is how to best operate and fund the county’s detention center, a choice he will make with the criminal justice committee and the community.
“Do we need to limit the population of the jail, do we need to expand the jail, do we need to build another jail? There are a lot of opportunities and choices to be made,” Runion said.
Runion said he ultimately wants to continue operating a well-educated and ethical department the community can trust.