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Flanagan, Lucas Face Off for Sheriff

October 21, 2012
By JOSELYN KING - Political Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

There will be a new sheriff in Belmont County beginning in January.

County voters on Nov. 6 will select a sheriff from between Democrat Richard "Dick" Flanagan and Republican David Lucas.

Flanagan defeated incumbent Sheriff Fred Thompson in the Democratic primary, while Lucas ran unopposed on the GOP ticket.

- Flanagan is a veteran officer with the Bellaire Police Department.

"I've worked in law enforcement for 17 years and I'm still working the streets so I hear the worries and concerns from the citizens," he said. "I've worked my way up from patrolman to lieutenant at the Bellaire Police Department. I currently work as a shift supervisor. ... I was instrumental in the creations of the drug task force." He noted that as sheriff he will see that the department keeps up with new technology.

"Technology changes every day, every hour," he said. "I will have an administrator that will be fully capable of looking for grants (and) federal programs."

- Lucas began his law enforcement career in 1979 as a patrol officer with the Barnesville Police Department. He joined the Belmont County Sheriff's Department in 1981 and was a major before his retirement. Lucas was instrumental in establishing the security system at the Belmont County courthouse, and helped to improve security at the Ohio Valley Mall.

"I have led the implementation of multiple programs and systems, proving my ability to effectively manage employees, collaborate with other agencies and skillfully administer multimillion-dollar budgets," Lucas said.

"I have superior law enforcement experience. Today, the job of sheriff requires skills and training that go far beyond simply being the county's top cop."

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