Ryan is 5th man in sheriff's race

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

A fifth candidate for sheriff has emerged for the Aug. 5 general election in Marshall County.

He's Patrick E. Ryan, 25, who's been living at 1711 Fox Lane for the past "few months," he said Monday.

Ryan's been working two jobs - one as a security guard, the other at Radio Shack in Columbia. He's also worked as a correctional officer at the Giles County Jail.

As of Tuesday morning, Ryan hadn't filed a petition to be named on the printed ballot, but he's declared himself a candidate who's facing four other men in the race. They are Norman Dalton who recently resigned as captain of the sheriff's investigators here, former Chief Deputy Roger Fagan who's been chief of police in Cornersville, Lewisburg Police Capt. David Ray and former Lewisburg Police Officer Steve "Woody" Woodward.

Asked why people should vote for him, Ryan replied, "Because I'm young, motivated and a hard worker and I'd respond 24/7 and if I'm not available, I'd make sure my chief deputy would be available.

"I also plan on getting involved in every aspect of the department from road patrol, investigations, corrections, the School Resource Officers and courthouse security officers," Ryan said.

He grew up in Ebenezer Hollow at Cornersville, the son of Linda and Bruce Ryan. His father passed away when Patrick was little.

His motivation to go into law enforcement is his uncle, Michael Higgins, his mother's brother, an officer with the Prince Georges County (Md.) Police Department. Ryan has spent summers with his uncle who impressed him and motivated him to go into law enforcement, he said.

Ryan is a single man who was assistant manager at the Radio Shack, but he says, "I stepped down to run for sheriff."

His part-time security work is with Tri-State Security which has Glenn Spring Holdings, a chemical plant in Maury County on the Santa Fe side of Columbia, Ryan said. He was a Giles County Jail correctional officer during 2006 and 2007.

Ryan graduated from Cornersville High School in 2002.

Candidates for elected office are asked to designate someone as their campaign treasurer. It's not unusual for a candidate to serve as their own treasurer.

"I'm working on it," Ryan said of appointing a treasurer. "That's something I'm putting a lot of work into."

Asked why he wants to be sheriff, Ryan replied, "I've talked to a lot of people about it. They seem to want change."

Asked what he would change, Ryan said, "I want to get more involved with the schools and courthouse security. I'd like to find ways to improve county coverage with faster response times, fight the war on drugs. There are just so many things I see as a citizen; there are just so many things I feel that need to be changed."

Ryan said he would elaborate as the campaign continued toward early voting in July.

Candidate petitions are due at the election office on April 1. In the week thereafter, they may be withdrawn by the candidate to keep their name off the ballot.