Clallam: Sheriff candidates debate law enforcement issues

SEQUIM — Incumbent Sheriff Joe Hawe and challenger Soeren Poulsen went toe-to-toe Friday morning before the Sequim Morning Rotary Club in the third debate of the young campaign season.

Poulsen has taken the aggressor’s role in the debates, blasting away at Hawe’s 12 years in office and claiming the Clallam County Sheriff’s Department has a top-heavy administration, lacks the ability to put together a schedule with 24-hour deputy coverage in all parts of the county and spends too much money on administrative travel.

Poulsen has also knocked Hawe’s previous law enforcement experience.

Hawe has been on the defense in the debates, explaining the way he runs the department and presenting statistics showing Clallam County has the lowest crime rates among like-size counties.

He has denied his agency is top heavy, and claims the department has the least number of administrators of any similar-size department.

During Friday’s debate, Poulsen accused Hawe of making decisions based on politics, a claim Hawe denied.

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