October 2, 2014

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Republican Tom Miller wins race for county sheriff

Republican Tom Miller will take the reins from retiring Sheriff Neil Hassinger after decisively defeating Democrat John Detchon in Tuesday’s election, according to unofficial board of elections results.

“I want to thank all the folks that went out and voted me in,” said Miller, 63, of Brunswick. “I promise to make them proud.”

Tom Miller

Miller said he felt support from Hassinger, also a Republican, was important in his win.

“It made me feel better,” he said. “That sounds corny, but you know what I mean.”

Miller’s opponent, Detchon, 68, of Montville Township, said he wished Miller the best of luck as sheriff.

“It’s been a long year,” Detchon said.

The sheriff position comes with a salary of $84,065.

Miller and Detchon each have had stints working at the Sheriff’s Office. Miller is the office’s chief deputy, and Detchon has held several positions.

Detchon said he would eliminate the chief deputy position if elected, and would use the $80,000 salary to hire two new corrections officers.

Miller said he would meet with local business leaders to discuss cost-saving initiatives, but would not eliminate the chief deputy position.

Contact Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.