The need for more Deputies to serve the community
The sheriff's Office patrols 806.9 sq.mi of the 919 sq.mi in Taylor County. This is done barely with three (3) deputies per shift. This is a major safety issue to the community. It takes patrol Deputies 25-35 minutes to respond to emergencies. If patrol Deputies are on a major call there will be no Deputies available to respond to emergency calls in the County. The County, in essence, would have absolutely no coverage. It is unacceptable.
Elias plans to implement schedule changes that will increase manpower adding five to six deputies on the road and assign specific units to permanent areas. This will decrease what the community often sees, two or three patrol vehicles congregating to talk instead of patrolling. Elias also plans to initiate an aggressive recruitment drive to fill vacancies in the Sheriff's Office.
From his experience when working at the Sheriff's Office Elias observed that the problem at the Sheriff's Office was not one of recruitment but of retention. Elias observed that the retention problem was due to poor management and poor treatment of employees. Elias will eliminate the "Its my way or the highway" and intimidation tactics. Elias plans to bring morale up by being a hands on "Servant Leader."