HOWLAND, Ohio (WKBN) – A big change is coming to Trumbull County. For the first time in more than two decades, there will be a new sheriff in town.
Howland Police Chief Paul Monroe will take over Trumbull County Sheriff Tom Altiere’s position. He was elected with 53 percent of the votes on Tuesday, defeating the incumbent.
The morning after winning the Democratic primary, the Sheriff-elect is thinking ahead. He anticipates drugs being the major focus of his leadership over the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office.
“First of all, I’m gonna step back, and take a breath, and kinda reevaluate where we’re going, taking a really hard look at how we’re gonna deal with some of the heroin issues in 2017,” he said.
The county’s longest-running sheriff is the man who actually hired Monroe as a patrolman in Howland 30 years ago.
Helene Seifert said she believes Monroe is up for the challenge of the position.
“I think it’s always time for new ideas and a new perspective,” she said. “There’s always new things that can be done, and I know Paul is the man that will be able to implement these new ideas.”
In an interview over the phone Tuesday night, Altiere said he wants to help Monroe with the transition.
“We’re just gonna keep moving forward, like we are, and I would like to bring Paul in at least four or five months before he takes office,” he said.
Monroe said he is thankful for the guidance of Altiere, who has years of experience.
“I don’t have any experience in a jail, and I’m ready to learn. I’m willing to take any information he wants to pass on to me to make the transition smooth and listen to him and his experience,” he said.
Even though Monroe’s ready for what’s to come, he said leaving the Howland Police Department — his second family for the last three decades — is bittersweet.
“Bottom line is, I’m leaving this family and they’ll be OK, but I’m gonna miss it,” he said.