ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WTVY) — Enterprise law enforcement officer Skip Neuwien qualified to run as a Republican candidate for Coffee County Sheriff on Monday, January 8.
Neuwien, 49, has lived in Coffee County for 40 years. He has been in law enforcement since 2002, when he joined the Enterprise Police Department. He served the EPD for ten years-- four years on patrol and six as a K9 handler. For the past five years, he has worked as an Investigator for the Coffee County District Attorney's office. During this time, he has accumulated over 1100 hours of law enforcement-specific training. He credits his time in the District Attorney’s office for his strong understanding of the Alabama Criminal Code from a prosecutor’s perspective and his knowledge of getting a case to trial and obtaining a conviction.
If elected, Neuwien plans to make the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office a more productive and efficient law enforcement agency, and thereby, improve the safety of Coffee County citizens and those who travel through it. He says using process servers to serve Court papers will allow deputies to spend more time enforcing the law. Training will also be a priority for Neuwien, who would like to make the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office a training center for area deputies and corrections officers. Alabama law enforcement officers must receive a minimum of 12 hours of training annually to maintain their certification—Neuwien believes that is not enough, and if elected, he plans to provide more.
Skip and his wife, Natalie, have three daughters—Samantha, Sarabeth, and Sydney.
The Republican Primary election will be held June 5, 2018.