BY NICOLE ANTONUCCI
FONDA -- James "Jim" Glorioso Jr. announced his candidacy for Montgomery County sheriff Friday.
Glorioso will challenge current Sheriff Michael Amato in the November general election.
"I firmly believe in a safe community is a result of strong leadership," Glorioso. "I've worked with many law enforcement agencies in my career, not only as a deputy in Dutchess and Montgomery Counties, but across the country in my career in loss prevention management. I have seen what works and what doesn't, and applying those skills to attack crime and manage community safety is part of my extensive plan as Montgomery County's sheriff."
One of the first things Glorioso plans to do, if elected, is to improve operations and reduce unnecessary spending throughout the department.
"I want to make the department more efficient," he said.
Glorioso also plans to improve community outreach and communication. He said social media, if done correctly, could be used as a source of information for the public as well as the sheriff's office.
Other police departments and sheriffs' offices utilize social media, he said.
"It's the way to go right now," Glorioso said. "We have a huge opportunity to move forward."
He said he decided to run after speaking at an event about elderly abuse. Seeing how the group paid attention to him talk made him realize how much he could do as sheriff.
Glorioso said that he had served as a deputy in the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office for more than 10 years, but left because he disagreed with how the department was operating.
"There are a lot of changes that need to happen," he said.
Glorioso has been endorsed by the Montgomery County Democratic Committee.
Glorioso is presently a regional loss prevention manager for the national Dollar General Corporation. He is a certified forensic interviewer, and manages more than 2000 employees in more than 200 stores.
A formal campaign kick-off event is tentatively scheduled for early August.
Amato could not be reached for comment. He announced his bid for re-election in March. He was endorsed by the county Republican and Conservative committees.