In announcing his candidacy for sheriff, Steve Gladney said:
“After much thought and prayer, I, Steve Gladney, announce my candidacy for the position of Sheriff of Oktibbeha County. I am 55 years old, and I feel the time is right for me to seek this office.
“The sheriff is the chief law enforcement officer of the county, and this position should be filled with the most qualified, sincere and concerned candidate that is available. I know I am that candidate. I feel I have the leadership qualities and integrity to lead, and my goal is to ensure justice you can count on.
“With 30 years of law enforcement experience, I will not take lightly the challenges and responsibilities that go along with being sheriff of Oktibbeha County.
“An important part of efficient law enforcement is the relationships you have with local and state agencies. I feel I have great relationships with the Mississippi Highway Patrol, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, the Starkville Police Department and the Mississippi State Police Department. I was fortunate to travel and provide security for the Mississippi State football team and be part of the Mississippi State family for 16 years.
“I am concerned about the problems our young people face today concerning drugs and alcohol. I am committed to protect our senior citizens and to lead the fight against crimes in our community involving alcohol and drugs as well as assault, robbery, burglary, grand larceny and murder. I will work hard to ensure each of you have a safe environment to live, work, and raise your family.
“I am committed to provide the best available training for deputies to ensure professional law enforcement for the citizens of Oktibbeha County. I want the sheriff’s department to be an efficient, unified, and successful part of law enforcement in this community.
“I also would like to emphasize I am a Democrat candidate and encourage people to vote in the Democrat primary.
“I have been a resident of Mississippi all of my life and have lived in Oktibbeha County for 31 years. I began my law enforcement training in October of 1979 and served the state of Mississippi as a state trooper for over 28 years. My primary duties as a state trooper were to enforce state laws, respond to all emergencies, and assist local law enforcement agencies.
“I was sworn in as a state trooper in 1980 after graduating from the Mississippi Law Enforcement Training Academy. My training continued through in-service and other schools made available to law enforcement officers as laws and circumstances changed.
“While working for the Mississippi Highway Patrol, I held positions in the following divisions: Enforcement Division, Driver Services, and Public Affairs. Prior to my retirement, I was Director of the Mississippi Highway Patrol Uniform Division of Public Affairs Officers.
“Having served the State of Mississippi for over 28 years, I have a strong law enforcement background. My experience includes planning, managing and supervising officers statewide while maintaining and promoting public awareness of crime prevention, crisis intervention, safety education and training. I served as a liaison between the general public and other state and local law enforcement entities. I feel I have the leadership qualities to lead and gain your trust as sheriff of Oktibbeha County.
“I retired from the Mississippi Highway Patrol in June of 2008. For the past year and a half, I have been employed by the Starkville Police Department working as a bailiff in Municipal Court. My in-service training has continued through this department, therefore I am up-to-date on law enforcement procedures.
“I am married to Sandra Tabor Gladney. We have been married for 30 years and have two daughters and two granddaughters. Our daughter Maggie is a student at Mississippi State University. Our oldest daughter Emily and her husband, Shane Beamer, are residents of Blacksburg, Virginia. They have two daughters, Sutton and Olivia.
“My late father was a state trooper of 34 years, and my brother is also a retired trooper of 30 years. I have been around law enforcement all my life. It has always been a part of my family.
“I want to encourage everyone to vote on August 2. The deadline to register to vote is July 2. To those of you who will not be present to vote in August, please make an effort to vote by absentee ballot prior to this election. It is important that all citizens of Oktibbeha County take an interest and vote for our county offices to be filled with the best candidate for the job.
“I am ready to provide fair and effective law enforcement for all the citizens of Oktibbeha County. I hope the people of Oktibbeha County feel it is time for change. Let my 30 years of law enforcement experience work for you. I sincerely ask for your vote, support and prayers on August 2, 2011 for Sheriff of Oktibbeha County,” said Gladney.