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Candidate says he will bring fresh eyes to office

By BY SCOTT HORNSTEIN
May 15, 2012 at 12:15 a.m.

Scott Hornstein

My name is Scott Hornstein I am a lifelong resident of Victoria County. I have been married to Martha Hornstein for 21 years and have three children and five grandchildren. I am a graduate of Stroman High School and enjoy the following activities: hunting, fishing, competitive shooting and spending time with my family.

I attended the Victoria College Police Academy in 1987, was a successful graduate and achieved my Basic Peace Officer Certificate. I currently hold a Master Peace Officer Certificate and have accumulated thousands of hours of additional training as required by Texas Commission On Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education.

I am currently employed by CDM Resource Management as a purchasing agent. Being in this position gives me the insight of fiscal management, as well as working on a budget. I am currently responsible for maintaining $2 million in inventory and keeping available at all times. I have 25 field employees who rely on me 24/7 for items needed to maintain set quotas. I have more than 20 years of law enforcement experience and am currently a Reserve Deputy Constable for Precinct 3 under Constable Kenneth Easley.

I was employed by the Victoria County Sheriff's Department full time from 1992 to 2001 and from 2001 to 2006 as a Reserve Deputy. During this time at the Sheriff's Office, I worked in just about every department there. I started as a detention officer in the jail, then transferred to the courts unit, where I achieved the rank of supervisor. The next move was to the patrol division. While in this division, I worked with warrants, civil process, narcotics and investigations.

While in the patrol division, I was chosen to be the first to work on a grant for Community Policing and achieved an excellent rating after an audit from the Department of Criminal Justice. While in this position, the actual tracking of gangs was initiated - the first ever in conjunction with several other agencies. When the tracking of gangs began, it was a lengthy process, but resulted in one of the major prison gangs, Mexican Mafia, being prosecuted and severely crippled. This position also included a crime prevention officer with a certificate obtained from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, which in turn included many additional duties. We worked with the AARP Defensive Driving for senior citizens, career days at area schools, wrote articles related to crime prevention for various organizations, and banks.

I also believe in keeping up with current technology, which are the tools needed to combat the ever-growing crime issue. By keeping personnel abreast of the latest training and technology, we can achieve a positive impact on illegal activities.

I also was a successful graduate for a firearms instructor from the FBI and assisted with training in this aspect of the office. I was promoted to the rank of sergeant and resumed a shift in the patrol until I went on reserve status.

I have countless hours of actual face-to-face contacts throughout the community, which enables me to interact with anyone in the county.

As a resident of Victoria County first and foremost, I am dedicated to bring the following five core elements to the Office of Sheriff in Victoria County.

1. Be accessible to the citizens of Victoria County and establish a better rapport with the community.

2. Establish and maintain a better working relationship with area and regional law enforcement agencies.

3. Cut out any unnecessary spending and maintain financial accountability while working towards common ground with other county government officials and offices.

4. Re-establish the morale and work to make the atmosphere at the Victoria County Sheriff's Office a more positive one for the public and employees alike.

5. I will be honest, hard working and attempt to resolve any and all issues that may arise.

In closing, I believe in and am dedicated to the citizens of Victoria County. While I hear a lot about grants and saving money, I feel one of the most crucial assets of all is overlooked, which are the citizens of Victoria County. I believe in We, not I. I would be honored if you would consider supporting my candidacy for the office of Victoria County Sheriff. I believe it is time for a fresh set of eyes for law enforcement and believe I am qualified and capable of this undertaking.

Scott Hornstein is a candidate for Victoria County Sheriff in the Republican Primary. He has more than 20 years of experience in law enforcement and believes the knowledge and experience he will bring to the table will only enhance the future of the Sheriff's Office. If you have any questions or concerns, contact him at 361-572-9641.

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