Franklin, Petty win sheriffs' seats in general election

Incumbent Sheriff Dwight D. Franklin will serve another four years as the Camden County Sheriff’s after unofficial results. He had beat out Independent John Page, a former Camden County Sheriff, and Democratic candidate Constance Lowtharp in Tuesday’s general election.

Franklin received 10,957 votes, and Page, got 7,736 votes. Lowtharp received 2,734 votes.

In Morgan County, incumbent Sheriff Jim Petty secured his seat for another four years beating out Republican challenger Kendall Conklin. Petty received 2,274 votes where Conklin received 1,406 votes.

Miller County Sheriff William “Bill” Abbott also retained his seat, receiving 8,384 votes.

Franklin previously told The Lake Today if elected, he hopes to continue to provide a consistent, honest, ethical, responsible and professional law enforcement service, without fear or favor, to the citizens of Camden County.

Franklin has have served four years as the Camden County Sheriff, 29 years with the Missouri State Highway Patrol. He previously told The Lake Today he currently serves with several organizations. Lake Emergency Planning Committee, Camden County Emergency Services Unit, Missouri Sheriffs’ Association Zone 9 Committee member and as a Region F Homeland Security member.

Franklin previously told The Lake Today he also hopes to continue to provide quality law enforcement that the citizens of Camden County deserve, while being fiscally and ethically responsible.

Franklin said he has children and grandchildren that live here at the Lake, and he is a church member and trustee, a farmer and a citizen of the community.

Petty was elected Camden County Sheriff in 2001. He has worked for the Missouri State Highway Patrol for 25 years, received a bachelor’s of arts degree in criminal justice and graduate of the National Sheriff’s Institute senior management program. In 2011, Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Petty as one of five current sheriffs to serve on the Missouri Sheriff’s Methamphetamine Relief Board or “MOSMART.” Petty also helped manage the Deputy Sheriff Supplemental Salary grants. The grants for 2012-2013 fiscal year were approximately $4.5 million across the state, he previously told The Lake Today.

Petty previously told The Lake Today the department is a law enforcement agency but needs to also operate like a business.

“For nine years we have housed for outside agencies. Millions of dollars have been generated during this time. This has allowed me to add more deputies, provide court security and purchase equipment,” Petty previously told The Lake Today. “So far this year we have taken in enough money that has resulted in zero dollars transferred from general revenue to support my office, which has a $3,000,000 budget for 2012. This alone saves Morgan County taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in expenses. This has been accomplished because of the fine staff that I have, and I want to thank them for their hard work.”

For the next four years Petty previously told The Lake Today he wants to continue to provide professional law enforcement and continue to operate as a successful business.

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