Sheriff Adams to hold ‘town hall’ meeting
Will provide ‘State of the Sheriff’s Office,’ Q&A
— 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
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.
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.