Deputy Presence Raises Concerns in Electra

Some residents in Electra are feeling as though the presence of the Wichita County Sheriff's Office is over bearing.

With the majority of the Electra Police Department gone, the Wichita County Sheriff's Office took over on September 21st.

"I, as a Sheriff, can't let the community of Electra go without any type of law enforcement, patrols or response," said Wichita County Sheriff David Duke. "Right now we have at least two deputies in every day, 24 hours a day, as well as the one paid city officer from Electra. If he's working, we'll only have one deputy out there."

However, some Electra residents are concerned with the recent change of authority.

"The Sheriff's Office, we're not discriminating against people. We treat people in Electra the same way we treat people in Wichita Falls, Burkburnett, Iowa park and other small communities in between," said Duke.

This past Friday, an Electra resident, who would always ride on his tractor into town as means to get by, was pulled over. David Lovell received multiple tickets and his tractor was impounded.

"The other city cops never said anything to me. I've talked to the city cops several times and they never said nothing.  I don't like it, but what can I do," said Lovell.

It was an Electra resident who returned Lovell's tractor on Wednesday, and before then he was riding his bike to get around which he said is hard for him.

Lovell also said that he does plan to fight his tickets.

"I'll have to get lawyer I guess. They didn't treat me right, I know that," said Lovell.

"We treat everybody fairly, we treat everybody the same. A lot of people didn't like it at first. A lot of things have changed and people are starting to appreciate that we're there. We've got a lot more positive comments than that first week," said Duke.

Sheriff Duke does not know how long deputies will be in Electra, but he said, "they will continue to provide service to Electra and other cities in Wichita County.

Taylor Barnes, Newschannel 6