Newly elected sheriff already has plans for Stark County

Stark County is going to have a new sheriff in the New Year, and he is already talking changes.

Sgt. Corey Lee, of the Dickinson Police Department, beat incumbent Sheriff Terry Oestreich with 63 percent of the vote in the 2018 General Election,

“I was shocked . .  especially with the early and absentee votes when those first came in, and it was 63 percent to 36. I was totally shocked,” said Lee.

The sergeant said one of the first things he wants to do is bring a K-9 unit to the sheriff’s department.

He also wants to start work on repairing a dysfunctional environment, that he feels exists within the department.

Last month former Stark County deputy sheriff, Ray Kaylor, was fired by Sheriff Oestreich for a conversation he had with his neighbor.

During the conversation, Kaylor commented on the turnover within the department since Oestreich was elected in 2014, and he was also critical of the environment the sheriff had created within the department.

Kaylor’s neighbor recorded the conversation, and handed it over to Sheriff Oestreich.

Oestreich felt the deputy’s conduct was unprofessional and detrimental to the department, so he was dismissed.

Lee said he has already reached out to Kaylor who he has a  “good relationship” with, and he told him he “plans on bringing him back”.

“It will be a good day. I love being a deputy sheriff, and I love helping people. It will be a good day, ” said Kaylor.

Sgt. Lee has been with the Dickinson Police Department for 13 years, and he has spent eleven of them as the K-9 program coordinator.

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