Rosema has served as the county sheriff since January 1993 after first being elected in November 1992. Frantz was first appointed to the office, in January 1991, and has also been elected to four-year terms since 1992.
Both are Republicans.
In the last election (2008), both were unopposed in the Republican primary in August and unopposed on the November ballot.
In his announcement, Rosema said he will focus on the department’s “maintenance of effort” if elected to a sixth four-year term.
“We will continue to make every effort to provide the most efficient and economical service that we can,” he said. “We will work with the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners, county administration, area school districts and local units of government to maintain current levels of service, and to develop strategies for future service as our county continues to see positive growth.”
Rosema, 60, also said he would continue to place a significant priority on the victims of crime.
During the past four years, Frantz, 62, said he has successfully prosecuted several high-visibility homicide cases, garnering convictions in each. Ottawa County’s felony and misdemeanor crime rates have been generally declining for the past decade and are significantly lower than those of comparably size counties, Frantz said.
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