By Angie Baldelomar
Bret Marietta, born and raised in Oberlin, is one of two candidates running for sheriff in the Republican primary in August.
He says his passion for law enforcement and his desire to serve the community led him to decide to run for the position, he said.
“I think this position is the best fit for me,” he said.
In 2010, Mr. Marietta joined the Oberlin Police Department, and went to the state Law Enforcement Academy. In 2013, he worked as a sheriff’s deputy for a year until 2014. That same year, he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Kansas State University.
He understands what the job of a county sheriff is, he said.
“The main job is to run an efficient office,” he said, “to provide a fair and impartial service to the county.”
Mr. Marietta said that his former boss, Ken Badsky, the current sheriff, who is running for re-election, has built a great foundation, one of the things he would like to do is increase visibility.
“I would like to see an officer on duty later in the evening to patrol areas,” he said.
Another thing in his plans is to cut the response time to public calls and complaints, Mr. Marietta said, and to expand hours for service for things like vehicle identification number inspections and fingerprinting.
Even though he knows he understands that the budget might not allow having another deputy, he said he would like to see a four-man agency, including himself.
“The work is a lot for three people,” he said. “Another one would help lessen the load and the time on call for each.
This story was published on page 3A (County Primary) on The Oberlin Herald‘s print edition on July 13, 2016.