"Call volume is overwhelming now," Deweese said. "Some areas rarely see deputies at times."
Deweese and Lett both said they would apply for federal grants aimed at increasing police presence in rural communities.
"We have to draw on other resources," Lett said. "When it comes to drug investigations, it takes a lot of money."
Deweese said some citizens have asked him if his having worked for the department would make it tough to discipline his former co-workers. He noted his time in the military and explained the during a deployment he had to reprimand several of his fellow soldiers.
"If elected as sheriff, I'd use the same discipline to protect the citizens," he said.
Deweese and Lett are running to replace Sheriff Mark Smith, who has served the maximum eight years in office.
State voters will consider a proposal to eliminate the term limit for sheriffs, but neither Deweese nor Lett thought the term limit should be eliminated.
"That can result in a lot of power, maybe too much in a county setting," Deweese said.
"For myself, eight years is enough," Lett said, agreeing that someone in the position could obtain too much power. "You have to be careful about that. Voting someone out is easier said than done sometimes."
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