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Altiere seeks ‘one more term’ as Trumbull County sheriff



Published: Sun, February 5, 2012 @ 12:01 a.m.

Trumbull County Sheriff Thomas Altiere says he is seeking what would be his sixth and final term as sheriff.

He also may be facing one of his most serious challenges, which is coming from a long-time employee in his department, James Phillips, who retired two years ago as a major.

During an endorsement interview with Vindicator editors, Phillips, 60, said operation of the sheriff’s department has declined under Altiere’s leadership and that manpower is not being utilized efficiently.

The department has become reactive, rather than proactive, Phillips said and morale is low.

But some of the numbers Phillips cited didn’t compute and Altiere told a different story. If morale is low, he said, it is because budget restraints have kept deputies from getting a pay raise for five years. But in the meantime they have continued to perform their duties well, serving the statutory requirements of the department and protecting the safety of county residents.

Both Altiere, 62, of Howland, and Phillips, 60, of Farmdale, have more than three decades in law enforcement. Both hold college degrees in criminal justice and have done postgraduate work. They are clearly qualified for the office they are seeking.

Phillips argues that he is the better choice in this election, based on his perception that Altiere is not performing adequately.

But if Altiere has become as detached from his duties as Phillips alleges, it doesn’t show. Altiere talked enthusiastically about his strategy to do more with less in the sheriff’s department, by cutting gasoline costs through a new bidding process, for instance, and by putting together departmental promotion exams rather than hiring a consultant. He’s also been encouraging other departments to consolidate their dispatch operations through the county 911 center.

Certainly we have seen sheriffs who have stayed too long at the helm. But we’re not persuaded that Altiere is one of them.

He says he’s looking forward to four more years with enthusiasm, and we believe him. The Vindicator endorses the re-election of Thomas Altiere in Trumbull County.


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1Photoman(1004 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

The Vindicator knows all too well that the sheriff has, indeed, stayed too long.

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2romans13and4(16 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Well it’s a shame that the Vindicator has taken this stance, Altiere has been there 8 years too long. Just check out his Official Department Web site, and look at his message. “Coming Soon” Really after 19 years he has nothing to say. He is so disconnected and the Vindicator knows it. Hopefully the Citizens of Trumbull County realize it as well. Jim Phillips is a True Law Enforcement Officer with real experience. Not a fence rider that will tell you what he thinks you want to hear. People of Trumbull county please Educate yourself before going into the voting booth, Altiere has been cited for improper use of campaign funds, accepting donations from corporations. But the Vindy has their opinion. Jim is the True Leader.

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3romans13and4(16 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Altiere is not responsible for bidding for gasoline that is done by the Commissioner’s office and vehicle maintenance. The promotional testing is established by contract, and if he going to do it in-house it will be a farce. He’ll be able to promote whomever he wants. A neutral non biased party should be responsible for testing. The Chiefs of Police association will do it for a reasonable cost, which eliminates the perception of favoritism. He sure doesn’t have a problem shelling out 80 thousand dollars for legal expenses for an outside lawyer to negotiate contracts instead of doing it himself or using the county personnel director. Doing more with less, sure keep hiring more but refuse to give raises to the workers already there, every year of pay freeze is the same as a 2-3% cut in pay.

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4CommuterTSD(3 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

For anyone that cares to make an informed decision, please Google James R. Phillips for Sheriff and learn why Jim is clearly the best choice to be our next sheriff, period.

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5romans13and4(16 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

I notice the list of endorsements that Altiere claims to have on his public Facebook page is shrinking. Local unions have been complaining that He is listing them without their actual endorsement. And others have even laughed stating they don’t even have a presence in Trumbull County. Where is Mrs. Loser’s comment in regards to this? He still thinks he can do whatever he wants and not be held accountable. I can hear the swishing of the broom already.

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