SUMTER CO., GA (WALB) - Sumter County Sheriff Pete Smith said that he he hasn't knowingly done anything wrong, and he hopes questions over the audit don't hurt his re-election chances.
He said that he wants to increase pay for deputies and make sure the city and county work closely together to combat crime.
Challenger Phillip Daniel said that the current leadership isn't working.
And both men said they want to develop a multi-agency drug squad.
"Percent of our problem are drug related. It's either people stealing to sell stuff to get money to buy drugs," said Sheriff Smith.
"The crime rate is expanding. The drug and gangs in this area have gone rampant. We're not fighting it like we should," explained candidate Daniel.
Smith has been Sheriff for 12 years.
Daniel retired this year after working at the Sheriff's Office for 28 years.