Sher­iff Adams to hold ‘town hall’ meet­ing

Will pro­vide ‘State of the Sher­iff’s Of­fice,’ Q&A

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By CARL HAMIL­TON

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— Sher­iff Scott Adams will hold a town hall style meet­ing on Wed­nes­day night and the pub­lic is in­vited to at­tend and ask ques­tions.

The meet­ing, which will be held at the Haven Com­mu­nity Church at 48 Flint Drive from 7 to 8 p.m., is in

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line with the grassroots ap­proach to polic­ing on which Adams cam­paigned to win the job in 2014.

“It will be like a State of the Sher­iff’s Of­fice, what we’ve ac­com­plished so far and where we see us mov­ing for­ward in the fu­ture,” Adams said, re­fer­ring to one seg­ment of the meet­ing.

Peo­ple in at­ten­dance also will be given an op­por­tu­nity to ask Adams ques­tions con­cern­ing law en­force­ment and to ex­press their con­cerns about prob­lems they see.

“It’s not like we don’t have any idea what’s go­ing on in the com­mu­nity, be­cause we do, but this will al­low citizens to have in­put. When you get peo­ple to­gether, you can get great ideas. They may have so­lu­tions,” Adams ex­plained.

While deputies have gained in­sight into is­sues in par­tic­u­lar com­mu­ni­ties by sim­ply pa­trolling in those ar­eas and hold­ing meet­ings with civic as­so­ci­a­tions, neigh­bor­hood watches and such, citizens who at­tend

Wed­nes­day night’s meet­ing still could shine a light on other prob­lems, ac­cord­ing to Lt. Michael Holmes, a CCSO spokesman.

“Some­times there are is­sues we still not be aware of. They can ad­dress their con­cerns, like speed is­sues on roads and (spe­cific) drug is­sues,” Holmes ex­plained.

Holmes noted that this will mark Adams’ first face-to-face town hall style meet­ing.

Since tak­ing of­fice two years ago, Adams has bol­stered com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the pub­lic through the agency’s Face­book page, as well as through Twit­ter and a so­cial net­work­ing site call Next Door.

In March, along those lines, Adams hosted a “vir­tual town meet­ing” in which he fielded ques­tions on­line from Ce­cil County res­i­dents.

Wed­nes­day night’s meet­ing, by com­par­i­son, will take a more con­ven­tional, old­school ap­proach to com­mu­ni­cat­ing with citizens.

“We have re­ally opened a lot of av­enues of com­mu­ni­ca­tion through tech­nol­ogy. We have a large pres­ence on our Face­book page. These (meth­ods) are all very im­por­tant,” Adams said. “But not ev­ery­one has a com­puter or wants to com­mu­ni­cate that way. I think it is great to go out and see peo­ple, meet them face to face. It’s im­por­tant.”

The town hall meet­ing also will serve res­i­dents who don’t live in com­mu­ni­ties where they have es­tab­lished civic as­so­ci­a­tions and neigh­bor­hood watches that pe­ri­od­i­cally meet with deputies, ac­cord­ing to Holmes.

Holmes be­lieves that Wed­nes­day night’s town hall meet­ing will be proven to be an ef­fec­tive two-way com­mu­ni­ca­tion tool, he said.

“I’m sure there are peo­ple out there who feel like they don’t have a voice or a say in law en­force­ment, but this ( town hall meet­ing) is one- on- one with the sher­iff. They can in­ter­act with him and get im­me­di­ate re­sponses,” Holmes said.

Although a sched­ule has not been set, Adams plans to hold sim­i­lar town hall meet­ings in other parts of Ce­cil County, he said. The next one is ten­ta­tively sched­uled to take place in Ce­cil­ton some­time in Jan­uary, but, as of Tues­day, de­tails still were be­ing worked out, he added.

Be­cause seat­ing is lim­ited for Wed­nes­day night’s town hall meet­ing, those plan­ning to at­tend should RSVP on CCSO’s Face­book page. Also, those in­ter­ested in ask­ing Adams a ques­tion are asked to arrive at 6:30 p.m. for the meet­ing.

CE­CIL WHIG FILE PHOTO

Sher­iff Scott Adams sits at the desk where he con­ducted a “vir­tual town hall” meet­ing on­line in March. On Wed­nes­day night, Adams will hold a tra­di­tional town hall meet­ing in North East.

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