The Hometown Newspaper ✰ Apache Junction – Gold Canyon News ✰ March 26 – April 1, 2012
Western Pinal County resident is businessman, former Ohio deputy
Kevin Taylor has served in a sheriff’s department, now he wants to be the Sheriff of Pinal County. Taylor, a Democrat, was a deputy for the Erie County Sheriff’s Department in Sandusky, Ohio, before moving to Arizona to start his own security company in 1999. He owns Taylor Made Security in Mesa. He has owned his own business for 13 years, but the Maricopa resident said he has always wanted to go back into law enforcement, but has been busy trying to pursue his security company.
Taylor began to study information on what it would take to run for sheriff two years ago. In January, Taylor filed the necessary paperwork to run for sheriff, and began the process of collecting signatures. Taylor said the allegations against Pinal County sheriff Paul Babeu had nothing to do with his decision to run. He said he would like to see the Sheriff’s Department reach out to more citizens of Pinal County. He said he thinks developing a stronger Relationship with the community will give county residents more faith and confidence in the sheriff’s office. This confidence would help citizens feel more comfortable in telling the sheriff’s deputies what they think needs to be done to improve safety in their community.
Taylor said he recognizes a big part of being sheriff in Pinal County requires dedication to cracking down on drug smuggling and the flow of illegal immigration. Taylor is the fourth person to announce for sheriff. The others are Republicans Jack McLaren and Steve Henry, and an Independent, former Florence vice-mayor Ty Morgan.