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CARBON DEMOCRATS WILL PICK NEW COUNTY SHERIFF TUESDAY

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Democratic voters in Carbon County will go to the polls in Tuesday's primary election to choose a county sheriff.

Incumbent Sheriff Jim Robertson is being challenged by Dennis Christensen. Both are Democrats. There are no other candidates for the office. Other county officials have no challengers in the primary election.With 241/2 years of law-enforcement experience, Robertson, a resident of East Carbon, has served as Carbon County sheriff since 1989, when he was appointed to fill the unexpired term of the previous sheriff. He won re-election four years ago.

Robertson said he wants to continue operating a progressive and aggressive law-enforcement department while maintaining a balanced budget. He will also continue a vigorous battle against crime, including drug and alcohol abuse.

The sheriff worked hard to obtain a new county jail, which is now nearing completion. He is exploring government surplus sources to find inexpensive supplies and equipment for the new jail.

Christensen holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice administration, with a minor in public administration, from San Diego State University. He has had 20 years experience in the law enforcement field, including 10 years with the San Diego Police Department and Plumas County Sheriff's Department and 10 years with the Price City Police Department.

If elected, Christensen would form a "super unit," a support unit with a representative from each police department in the county to investigate any major crime committed in the county.

He would form a reserve officer unit of volunteers, which could increase weekend police coverage. He believes part-time officers who live in remote parts of the county would help cut crime such as burglaries of summer cabins at Scofield.

He would emphasize crime prevention through such programs as Neighborhood Watch and a class on traffic laws and drug education at Carbon High School.