Kosciusko County voters hear from sheriff candidates

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Most of us will head to the polls in just two weeks. Kosciusko County heard from their candidates Tuesday night.

A new sheriff is elected every 4 years, but this year the election comes only 11 months after the Republican caucus had to replace sheriff Aaron Rovenstine.

Each candidate says they are what is needed to keep the department going in the right direction

Four men are running for the republican nomination for Kosciusko County sheriff.

William "Rocky" Goshert has been here before. He served two terms from 2007-2014.

Last June he was picked at the Republican caucus to replace Rovenstine.

Rovenstine was forced to resign after pleading guilty to intimidating a Warsaw police officer.

"I've heard it said quite a few times that we need a fresh start, but you know the fresh start started in June of 2017 when we took over,” said Goshert.

A fresh start is the theme of candidate Kyle Duke's campaign. He says his first priority is teamwork.

"This is not a Warsaw PD and sheriff issue. This is a countywide issue,” said Dukes.

Current county coroner Tony Ciriello has something similar at the top of his agenda

"Number one priority is to bring the department back to the professionalism it was before. They're under great leadership now, and everybody's doing a nice job, but the scrutiny the department's gone under has kind of fractured the relationship with the public some. Number one is to rebuild that.”

All candidates said the opioid crisis is also an issue they will tackle. The final candidate, Chris Rager, says for him it comes first.

“My number one priority would be the opioid crisis in our jail,” he said.

Right now there is nobody running on the democratic side of the ticket.

The party has until July 3 to get a name for the November ballot.

Tuesday night's candidate forum was held at the Warsaw Community High School Performing Arts Center.

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