By Frank Lewis
New Boston Police Capt. Steve Goins officially announced his candidacy for Scioto County Sheriff on the Democrat ticket for the primary election on March 15, 2016.
Goins told the Daily Times he will be kicking off his campaign at this year’s (2015) Scioto County Fair and said he is encouraging all citizens of Scioto County to stop by the Democrat booth and visit with him and talk to him about their law enforcement concerns in Scioto County.
Goins is a veteran of law enforcement in Scioto County with over 30 years of service. He is currently the police captain for the New Boston Police Department, a position he has held for 11 years. Goins said he has 30 years of service with the New Boston Police Department where he was first hired in 1984.
“If elected sheriff of Scioto County, I would be one of the most experienced and seasoned law enforcement officers coming into that position and will be able to handle and tackle the crime and drug related problems within the county while meeting and listening to crime victims and citizens in Scioto County,” Goins said. “As a police captain and police administrator, I have conducted and lead hundreds of crime and drug investigations over the years that has resulted in many arrests and I have the training and experience in crime scene investigations that Scioto County crime victims demand and most definitely want. I will go out and meet with citizens and go out to crime scenes and meet with crime victims and listen to their concerns and needs. As a police administrator over the years I have fiscal and budgeting experience that will help me succeed in being the sheriff.”
Goins is a graduate of the Ohio Peace Officer’s Training Academy. He said, over the years he has received certifications in many law enforcement areas and programs. He is a former Deputy U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of Ohio and a graduate of the United States Marshal Service Academy and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia. Goins is also a graduate and received his degree in Police Administration from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky in 1983.
“EKU is one of the most recognized colleges in the nation for police administration training,” Goins said.
He and his wife, Susan Goins, a hospice social worker and bereavement coordinator at SOMC, have been married for 32 years. They have one son, Christopher Goins, who is an attorney in Scioto County.
“As sheriff I want to bring better law enforcement services to the citizens of Scioto County by improving the way crime scene investigations are handled and how crime victims are communicated with. I want to put more deputies assigned to desk duty related daily tasks out into the townships for quicker respond times to citizens calls,” Goins said. “I want to improve better working relationships with all townships trustees in how the sheriff department can help them in their townships. I want to improve working relationships with all law enforcement agencies in Scioto County and the surrounding counties and our local court system. I will improve working relationships and morale with all deputies by seeing that all deputies receive yearly training that will help them do their jobs better. I will be an open sheriff in this county by being very transparent and approachable to citizens who come into the office or see me out in the community and wanting to speak with me about their concerns or to just greet me.”
Goins is challenging incumbent Sheriff Marty V. Donini who told the Times Monday he will seek re-election. Donini has been at the sheriff’s office for 37 years; 19 as sheriff.
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