What qualifies you to oversee the Mohave County Adult Detention Center? (With an average of 500 inmates per day, the jail takes more than 50 percent of the sheriff's $22 million budget.)
Doug Schuster: "I worked in the jail. I have more than 360 hours of training and I'm certified. I'm well-versed in operations. This is not a matter of giving information that might not be perfect. I am the sheriff's office. It's all I know."
Cori Merryman: "Primarily, my executive leadership skills. I manage 600 accounts at our factory. I'd like to take my management and leadership skills to the sheriff's office. I am a successful business owner and I'm creative and sustain stability with my employees. Bridging communications between sheriff's office and jail employees is vital and maintaining a budget at the Mohave County jail would be no different than managing my multimillion-dollar company."
John Plough: "I believe in beans and rice and green baloney."
Joe Archie: "I was in charge of the Lake Havasu jail and I know you have to provide inmates with 2,400 calories per day, and give inmates time out of cells."
John Gillette: "There are federal guidelines for prisoners. I ran an 800-prisoner facility. They were all terrorists. I will find a qualified expert to run the jail."
What do you know about search and rescue, rivers and lakes, K-9, and investigations?
Gillette: "Once again, I'd find the right person to handle it. My river experience is with (military) Swift boats. I can shoot from a boat and kill a bad guy, but I don't know about boats. I'm not a boat guy."
Archie: "We need at least one K-9 in every area, that's three or four. I've never been involved in search and rescue."
Plough: "I have two dogs. Some of these questions, I don't know if they address the issue. Sheriff is an administrative office. J. Edgar Hoover never made an arrest in his life. He had no experience, he was a lawyer, but he started the FBI and ran it until he died. The MCSO is not as big as the FBI, but I promise you I won't wear a dress like J. Edgar Hoover did."
Merryman: "K-9 is not funded by the MCSO. We use grants and raise funds and this is not a program we can afford to lose. I was a street deputy and did my own criminal investigations. Almost every shift I patrolled waterways."
Schuster: "We're being pressured (to answer questions) in one minute. K-9, most every officer has dealt with K-9, so we don't get hurt or interfere with what they're doing. I want to fund K-9, but we're running shorthanded in boats and patrol. Where do we draw the line?"
Have you ever been on the other side of the law?
Schuster: "As an 18-year-old I got in a fight with another boy. I was charged with disorderly conduct. This actually helped me. It taught me it was time to grow up."
Merryman: "We all have a past, but I've never been arrested."
Plough: "Finally, a question I can answer. No, I'm squeaky clean. If you took all the Boy Scouts in the world and compressed them into a bag, that's me."
Archie: "I'm also squeaky clean, but I have gotten quite a few speeding tickets. I rodeoed for decades."
Gillette: "I've been a gearhead all my life and have gotten a few speeding tickets. I did have a run-in (as a teenager) with a neighbor who was an Illinois trooper. I used to run my car engine and he worked graveyards. He grabbed me, threw me to the ground and said he'd tell my dad if I ever did that during the daytime again. It turned into a positive experience. He eventually became my boss."
Would you enforce a presidential order to confiscate guns?