Crawford to seek re-election for Osceola County Sheriff in November election OSCEOLA COUNTY \u2014 Residents of Osceola County will once again see a familiar name on the ballot when they cast their votes for sheriff in the November election. Right now in his fourth term, Osceola County Sheriff Jim Crawford is looking to add to his 16 years in the position by seeking re-election for another four years. \u201cI really enjoy my job and working with the public,\u201d Crawford said. \u201cIt\u2019s a different day and age than when I started. I worry about my deputies. Most of them are young guys with kids and they are out there every day. We\u2019re a small department. We don\u2019t just work together; we\u2019re friends. With my experience, I\u2019d like to see another term and ensure everything keeps going well.\u201d Crawford has worked at the Osceola County Sheriff\u2019s Office for 29 years, first starting as a dispatcher in the days before Meceola Central Dispatch. He then went on to work in corrections. \u201cThen the sheriff asked if I\u2019d like to go on the road since they were shorthanded, so at age 49 I went to police academy, which was very interesting,\u201d Crawford laughed. \u201cSo after receiving my certification I worked as a deputy for a few years, and then decided I wanted to run for sheriff.\u201d While Crawford acknowledges many things have changed since he first started, one thing that\u2019s stayed the same is some of the duties he performs. \u201cI\u2019m different from probably 99 percent of sheriffs in the state because I still work the road,\u201d Crawford explained. \u201cFor the first three hours of my day, beginning at 7 a.m., I\u2019m in the car doing traffic stops. In fact, in the last few weeks I\u2019ve made two arrests on warrants during traffic stops.\u201d Crawford also makes it a point to interact with the numerous communities in the area. \u201cI try to hit a different community each day, whether that\u2019s Tustin, Evart, Marion, Reed City or LeRoy,\u201d he said. \u201cI like to think if someone needs to talk with me they will see me out in the community and they can approach me without coming to the station. And if they call and want to meet I generally will. I\u2019ll meet them somewhere to talk about their problems and try to solve them. I can\u2019t always solve the issue, but I will listen and sometimes that helps, too.\u201d While he has considered retiring, Crawford ultimately realized he\u2019s not quite ready. \u201cI still like working and think it\u2019s important to have experienced people here,\u201d he said. \u201cI just like my job and the people I work with.\u201d According to the Osceola County Clerk\u2019s Office, Crawford is running unopposed.