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May 4, 2014

Voter's guide: Miami County candidates

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Qualifications: Associates degree in horticulture, has served four years as surveyor

Goals: “The main issue is to maintain older legal drains. They haven’t been maintained in the last few years, and they have been put on the assessment. We also need to clean out the ditches.”

Sara Lea McAuliffe, Republican incumbent, Assessor

 Age: 65

City of residence: Macy

Occupation: Miami County Assessor

Family: Husband Steve McAuliffe, and two daughters, Tammy and Terri

Qualifications: Worked in the Miami County Assessor’s Office since January 1999 and served as county assessor since 2011.

Goals: “I have implemented a lot of changes already, such as doing the trending each year ourselves, as well as we will be doing reassessment with little outside consulting. This was all being bid out to an outside vendor until 2012.”

Timothy G. Miller, Republican incumbent, Miami County Sheriff

Age: 55

City of residence: Rural Bunker Hill

Occupation: Miami County Sheriff

Family: Wife of 34 years, Mary, one daughter, Stephanie, one son, Zach, and two grandchildren

Qualifications:  Miller served in the Air Force Reserves as a security police specialist, worked as road trooper, detective and sergeant for Indiana State Police Peru Post from 1985 to 2010, attended the Indiana State Police Superintendents Command College and the F.B.I. Hostage/Crisis Negotiator School and owned a local business.

Goals: “One of the issues we face is that on July 1, 2014, the Indiana Criminal Code will change significantly. Indications are that in the next few years, county jails will see a marked increase in the number of sentenced inmates serving their time in the counties in which they committed their crimes instead of being sent to the Department of Corrections. The Miami County Sheriff’s Office will work to adapt to the new enforcement standards for our road deputies and the anticipated increase in inmate population for our jail division.”

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