Steve Adams for Moore County Sheriff in 2018


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"I will reduce crime in Moore County through new leadership, effective use of current resources, and innovative new policies. We will no longer need to build higher crime rates into our lives and infrastructure." “Moore County’s crime rate will come down under my leadership. I will get Law Enforcement off the backs of the taxpayer and on the backs of the criminals.”




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I am Steve Leader Adams, and it is my intention to run for Sheriff of Moore County in 2018. Law enforcement and crime in Moore County is out of control and our Sheriff is determined to continue the practices of the past, that have proven ineffective, and have led to the current chaos in our war against crime. If you will give me the time needed to read this website, you will understand my specific solutions, that will actually bring the crime rate down, while saving the taxpayers millions of dollars. The solution to our crime problems, while complex, is not rocket science. Our Sheriff, along with many other sheriffs, police chiefs, and Justice Department officials, simply cannot see the forest for the trees. On this website, I am going to show you the problem as it is today, and then offers specific solutions to fix the problem. The key to my solutions is management. Our Sheriff is not equipped with the management skills needed to identify the problems and execute solutions. A simple comparison would be the airline industry. Airlines do not hire pilots to run the corporations, for the simple reason that they are pilots and not managers. Ironically, the CEOs of the major airlines in this country, do not know how to fly the very planes they manage, yet millions of passengers trust them every day to get them safely to their destinations. Managers have the unique abilities to absorb complex goals, and create plans to achieve those goals. Managers know how to build a staff, develop them into cohesive teams, and add insight and expertise to achieve and accomplish the goals set forth.

The job of Sheriff is primarily that of a manager. He manages the assets, personel, and resorces of the Sheriff Department, and our Sheriff's career reinforces that point. When you think about it, our Sheriff has very little to do with actual hands on law enforcement. Let's do a little quick comparison. The Sheriff graduated from Wake Forest University with a BS Degree in Chemistry. He began his career in a chemistry lab at the State Bureau of Investigation. After a while he was promoted to district manager. After leaving the SBI, he took the job as chief deputy at the Moore County Sheriff's Department. As chief deputy his responsibilities were to manage the deputies of the department. I, on the other hand, graduated from North Carolina State University with a BA Degree in Business Management. During my career I managed three of North Carolina's largest privately held corporations, including my own construction company which I built into North Carolina's largest privately held homebuilding corporation, by building over 2000 homes in the Raleigh area. The Sheriff and I have worn the Moore County deputies uniform exactly the same number of days, which is zero. We have arrested exactly the same number of individuals, which is zero. Where we differ greatly is our backgrounds as managers. The Sheriff's experience as a manager comes through the ranks of government bureaucracy, always feeding from the public trough. That's why we have spent over $150 million in Moore County during our Sheriff's career at the Moore County Sheriff's office, only to see crime continued to rise out of sight. My management experience comes from the private sector, where every dollar has to be managed properly in order to survive in business. The question is, who do you want managing your 13 million dollar per year, Moore County Sheriff's Department budget? A government bureaucrat who has never had to worry about the bottom line, or a professional business manager who has to meet the needs of the public in order to survive in the business world.

Chapter 1:The Big Lie

The main problem with our Sheriff’s Department is the Sheriff himself. He will not tell you the truth about the true facts concerning the increase in crime in Moore County. If you cannot state the facts truthfully, you cannot come up with solutions. He also displays some of the poorest judgment (see Chapter 4: Poor Judgement) that I have ever witnessed as a manager.

First, let’s talk about the actual condition Moore County is in when it comes to crime. Our Sheriff claims crime has declined 22% since he joined the sheriff department 11 years ago as a chief deputy. That is just one of his many lies. He bases this claim on an SBI report that promotes the deception of the real crime figures. What the Sheriff, and the report does not tell you, is that the report only covers 1.5% of all the reported crime, and that the “books are cooked.” Every time a crime is reported it’s classified as either a “Type 1” or a “Type 2” crime. “Type 1”crimes constitute only 1.5% of all the crimes committed, yet they are the only crimes that they release statistics on. There are only 7 “Type 1”crimes, which are murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, and stolen vehicles. All the other 100,000+ crimes, which constitute 98.5% of all crimes, are “Type 2” crimes. There are no statistics available for “Type 2” crimes. So, if larcenies (a “Type 1”crime) are trending upwards, all they do is reclassify some of the cases as stolen property (a “Type 2”crime). Likewise, if burglaries (a “Type 1”crime) are too high, they reclassify some of them as breaking and entering (a “Type 2”crime).That is how they cook the books in order to falsely claim a drop in crime.

The SBI crime report is generated annually by the North Carolina Department of Justice. If you look at the overall report, county by county, you'll notice that each county, on average, has a miraculous drop in crime each year of about 2%. The state as a whole, miraculously has a steady drop in overall crime (remember we are only talking about Type 1 crimes) year after year. Yet, we continue to build more and more jail cells into our detention centers, as well as more prisons and court rooms. Our Attorney General is not going to let a crime report show an increase in crime for the State of North Carolina. That would be bad for economic growth and for the Attorney General's political future. This is why the books are cooked, to ensure the outcome.

Here is the sad irony concerning “Type 1”crimes. 90% of the “Type 1”crimes are never solved, but since they miraculously dropped 2% each year, our Sheriff pounds his chest and promotes the idea that crime has come down because of his leadership. To promote such nonsense as fact gives citizens a false sense of security that does not exist, plus it is just an out right lie.

Chapter 2: The Taj Mahal

Our Sheriff claims crime has declined 22% since he joined the sheriff department 11 years ago as a chief deputy, but his actions do not match his rhetoric. If that were the case, we would need fewer jail cells. Instead, our sheriff convinced the Moore County Board of Commissioners to spend $42 million on a brand-new detention center. Money that should have gone towards school construction instead. Our sheriff sat on the committee that oversaw the design and construction of the Rick Ryan Detention Center (aka The Taj Mahal). It is also under our sheriff's "leadership," that this very detention center has failed every single State inspection as a detention center.

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