The filing period for the 2014 election began on Monday, Feb. 10, and Rockingham County Sheriff Sam Page stood first in line to do so.
“My primary responsibility to all of our citizens will remain to provide the best law enforcement services, to run an efficient and safe jail facility, to serve all civil and criminal court processes in a timely manner and to always support fairness, truth and justice within our criminal justice system,” Page said in a written statement.
Page said he thanked all the citizens in the county for supporting him during the past 15 years.
“I also want to thank you for allowing me to serve you, as your sheriff, as it has been an honor to do so,” Page said.
Page said during his time in office he tried to remain true to his conservative values and said he hasn’t forgotten who his “bosses” are and who he serves.
“I feel that our deputies and staff at the sheriff’s office have worked hard over the years to protect and serve our citizens while providing the best level of law enforcement services,” Page said.
He said through the National Sheriff’s Association he assisted in congressional affairs involving Homeland Security, border security and illegal immigration concerns. He said on the state level he assisted in efforts to improve training and professionalism for sheriff’s and deputies across the state.
“There is no question that I will strongly stand publicly for issues that affect our public safety and that challenge our U.S. Constitutional protections,” Page said. “I took an oath of office in the U.S. Air Force 30 plus years ago to protect and defend our U.S. Constitution, this Great Nation and its citizens.”
Page said he upheld this oath through the 30 years he served in law enforcement within the county.
Page said while interviewing for a job in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., he answered the question, “Why do you want to become a law enforcement officer,” with the answer, “because I want to help people.” Page said that still holds true to him today.
Page said he wanted to thank Rockingham County residents for the opportunity to serve them and looks forward to doing so in the future.