Two Seek GOP Kalamazoo County Sheriff Nomination

Shannon Bagley and Thomas Swafford are competing for the Republican nomination for Kalamazoo County sheriff in the Aug. 4 primary. The winner of the four-year term will face incumbent Democrat Richard Fuller in the Nov. 3 election. The 2020 salary for the post is $147,950.

Shannon Bagley: I am a lifelong Kalamazoo County resident with over 28 years of law enforcement experience. Prior to my retirement from the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety, I served as captain of the Detective Bureau and Crime Lab. It was my honor to serve alongside the women and men at Public Safety. I look forward to continue serving by becoming your next sheriff.

I am running for the office of Sheriff because I care about our community and the women and men who serve at the Sheriff’s Office. I believe change is needed. The citizens of Kalamazoo deserve leadership focused on service and solving problems – not politics.

Priorities: Build strong partnerships/relationships with all Kalamazoo communities, data driven approaches to problem solving, reduce recidivism, school safety and youth initiatives, fiscal responsibility and transparency. 

It’s time for change you can count on from leadership you can trust!

For more information, find me on Facebook @BagleyforkzooSheriff or my website:

Thomas K. Swafford is running for sheriff of Kalamazoo County and is currently a 10-year veteran deputy sheriff with the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department (KCSO). Tom grew up on a farm and worked as an equine trainer, commercial trucking company owner and commercial builder. While building a church in Texas Township in the early morning of September 11, 2001, Tom’s life changed forever. The devastating attack on the U.S. made a permanent mark on him. The next day, Tom decided to “protect and serve.” Tom volunteered over 1,000 hours after 9/11 as an unpaid reserve officer for KCSO and Richland PD. Tom is the ONLY candidate running for sheriff qualified as a field training officer, recognized expert in jail administration, and holds more than 50 law enforcement-related certifications. KCSO overspending in excess of $500,000 is unsustainable and intolerable. This financial mismanagement is reckless and risks the safety of deputies who lack basic tools to perform their job. Swafford has both good leadership and good stewardship and will respect every KCSO tax dollar. Community racial tensions and mistrust of law enforcement by some requires an effective leader. Tom Swafford will lead, serve, and protect Kalamazoo County! #LeadershipMatters

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