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MAHONING COUNTY || Greene’s the new sheriff in town



Published: Wed, March 7, 2012 @ 12:09 a.m.

By Denise Dick

denise_dick@vindy.com

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Jerry Greene, Mahoning County sheriff-elect, left, and Mahoning County Commissioner Anthony Traficanti mark their victories Tuesday during a gathering at the B&O Station in Youngstown.

Youngstown

Mahoning County Sheriff-elect Jerry Greene’s first priority upon taking office next year is getting the jail fully opened.

“That’s the No. 1 way to reduce crime in this community,” Greene said Tuesday night.

Two prisoner housing units within the jail are now closed, and 23 deputies remain on layoff.

Greene won the Democratic nomination for sheriff with 56 percent of the vote, beating Jimmy Hughes, Youngstown’s former police chief, with 24 percent, and Brian Goodin, Poland Township police chief, who garnered 20 percent.

All totals are unofficial until certified by the Mahoning County Board of Elections.

No Republicans or independent candidates filed to seek the office — meaning that Greene takes office in January.

Randall Wellington, sheriff since 1999, didn’t seek re-election but endorsed Greene.

Greene, 45, joined the sheriff’s department as a deputy in 1989 and was promoted to sergeant in July 2003 and to captain in May 2007, skipping the lieutenant rank. Wellington named him director of support services, a non-civil service position, last October, allowing Greene to seek the sheriff’s position. By law, civil service employees may not seek political office.

“I want to get federal inmates back into that facility to generate income,” Greene said of the jail. “I want to hire a full-time grant policy writer to generate income and I’m looking forward to working with the commissioners.”

Greene had also listed as priorities adequate staffing of the county jail, and avoidance of overcrowding to maintain safety and avoid another federal lawsuit by prisoners. The jail was under federal court supervision through May 2010 after inmates won a 2003 lawsuit, contending the jail was unconstitutionally overcrowded.

The sheriff’s department veteran believes his experience resonated with voters.

“I think people realized that I was probably the first person who ever ran for this office who’s been a deputy sheriff his entire career,” Greene said. “Both of my opponents, who have been chiefs, said they had more experience. But I have 22 years experience with the sheriff’s office, moving up through the ranks.”

Goodin, 49, of New Middletown, has been Poland chief since 2004. Hughes, 59 retired last summer as city police chief. He started with the department in 1977.


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1jimmyd123(196 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Congratulations Jerry. Let's hope your able to do what you need to do in order to get the sheriff's office where it needs to be. Good luck.

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22muchtax(307 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Yeah like count how many deputies are out on disability? Does this mean Wellington can sit at home now and double dip on two tax paid retirements!,

The answer is yes! He will milk the taxpayers twice till the day he expires!

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3diogenes(19 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

2muchtax, it must be terrible being you!

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4legend33(169 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

2muchtax is really JJJJJJJJimmy Hughes

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5diogenes(19 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

" 2muchtax is really JJJJJJJJimmy Hughes "

Ahhh... and here all along I figured it was David Aey.

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6endthismess(303 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

2muchtax.....why are you such a sour old grouse? Bet you just love it when you get all kinds of attention like this huh.....is that the new phrase you heard one of the kids throwing around and it really made a big impression on you?? Poor thing, lost your mind again, still trying to act like your 12 years old? Pick your miserable self up from your hateful chair in the corner and go out for some air for...hope you feel better soon....cranky pants!

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