Sheriff Hardin sworn into office

Special to the Glades County Democrat/Courtesy photo.  David Hardin was sworn in as the Sheriff of Glades County on Tuesday, Jan. 3.

GLADES COUNTY – David Hardin fulfilled a career goal Jan. 3 when he was sworn into office as the Sheriff of Glades County by County Judge Jack Lundy at the county court house.

“You feel the weight of the responsibility. I’m very excited and looking forward to what the future holds for Glades County and the sheriff’s office,” he told the Glades County Democrat.

Hardin said it’ll be tough to follow Sheriff Stuart Whiddon. His plan includes more community involvement, including attending all community meetings and offering more classes to the community. He also wants his deputies to get more involved with programs like Glades Youth Livestock and Glades Youth Athletics.

Classes he will continue to offer for the community include the Refuse to be a Victim class, Crimes Against the Elderly, Crime Prevention, and Concealed Weapons classes. In January alone, he will teach large classes in Buckhead Ridge and Whisper Creek in Muse.

Hardin said he wants his men and women to be able to do the job that each resident desires.

“We have a good family here at the Glades Sheriff’s office. I will promote that and keep it moving forward,” he noted.

Hardin said the major crimes his agency will continue to investigate include domestic violence, burglaries and thefts.

They will also continue to provide traffic control units on U.S. 27 and in the City of Moore Haven. He said more truck traffic is expected next year when the Love’s Travel Center opens.

“We will continue our pledge to the city of law enforcement, to provide law enforcement. We will try to stay on top of the traffic as growth continues,” he added.

He also will stick with the previous command staff in place. Captain Jeff Hill will continue to lead Road Patrol, Captain Mike Pepitone the Criminal Investigations Unit, and Chief Deputy Duane Pottorff will oversee the entire department.

Robert DeMann will continue to be the Chief over the Glades Corrections Jail.
Hardin said the jail is very excited about the election of President Elect Donald Trump because that could mean more detainees and thus more revenue.
“We actually have seen an increase already and we hope that trend continues. We expect the criminal immigration detainees to rise in the New Year,” he noted.

Hardin said the facility is in great shape and ready to serve whatever detainees are sent there.
“We are very encouraged. The bond holders and investors are encouraged. We look forward to a good first year,” he added.

Hardin also predicted his agency will continue to have a good working relationship with the Glades County Commission and he thanked the residents of Glades County for showing faith in him and the job he can do.

“I won’t let them down,” he added.

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