WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram says he's been trying to do more with less since coming into office in 2008.
"That's what we 've been trying to do since I took over," Sheriff John Ingram said live on WECT News at 5:30 about the reality of the county budget. "During that time, we have increased the arrests 140% since 2007."
Ingram took over for former Sheriff Ron Hewett in 2008, after Hewett went to jail. Ingram says while budget concerns are a problem, he's been able to work through the issues.
"Our commissioners and county administration understand that and they certainly don't want to jeopardize public safety," Ingram said.
Ingram responded to other candidates questions about the openness of his office, by pointing out he has several community programs including the Citizen's Academy, volunteer program and Citizen Observer program.
"(They can) learn more about what the sheriff's office can do for them and does on a daily basis and how they can become involved," Ingram said.
Ingram says he removed locks to doors that kept even deputies out of parts of the sheriff's office, when he took over.
"I encourage anyone to come by and take a look at their sheriff's office or even the substations," Ingram said.
Ingram says he'll continue to go after drug dealers and alleged prostitution operators in the county.