The term is four years with no term limit; compensation is $85,000 plus retirement and health benefits. No Republican filed for office.
- What are your qualifications for the office you seek? (75 words)
Dave O’Malley (D): I began my career in law enforcement in 1974 and worked for the Laramie Police Department, retiring as Chief of Police. I was elected Sheriff, and took office in 2011. I am seeking re-election as the Albany County Sheriff. My administrative experience has allowed me to successfully move these organizations forward in a professional and progressive manner. I would like to continue to lead the men and women of the Albany County Sheriff’s Office.
- In what areas would you like to see changes in Wyoming Statutes to enhance law enforcement services in the County? (100 words)
Dave O’Malley (D): An issue paramount to Sheriff’s Offices nationwide, is courthouse security. Albany County is no different. With a steady push to upgrade courthouse security within Wyoming, we encounter the dilemma of being able to fund sufficient staffing, in order to provide a viable security force. Although our legislature has provided some funding to obtain security screening equipment, there currently is no vehicle to assist in funding staff. Equipment is not our issue, appropriate staffing is. Although we believe the Legislature is aware of this issue, poorer counties such as ours would appreciate any action they could enact to mitigate this problem.
- Should the sheriff provide input on development in the County, given the impacts on law enforcement? Why or why not? (100 words)
Dave O’Malley (D): The Sheriff’s Office currently provides input on development in Albany County, by responding to the Planning Office, when subdivision requests are being considered. Over the years, there have been many small and large subdivisions approved by the Albany County Planning Commission as well as the Albany County Commissioners. As those areas begin to populate, which they currently are, our office experiences increases in calls for service. At some point, those increases will necessitate additional patrol deputy positions. We are currently staying on top of our calls for service however there will come a day when staffing increases will be necessary.