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A New Sheriff In Town

After 8 years at the top there is a new sheriff in town in Eaton County.

Democrat Tom Reich will replace Mike Raines as of January 1st, 6 News caught up with Reich and talked with him about how he plans to improve Eaton County.

His slogan was, "Make the Reich Choice" and more than 26,000 voters did.

"It was a roller coaster ride last night and this morning at 4:30 results finally came in," said Sheriff Elect Tom Reich.

Reich was declared the winner by less than one thousand votes.

Tom Reich says one of his first priorities will be changing how Eaton county communicates with other agencies.

"I think it's important that we work together, share that information, so we can solve crimes and be more proactive in law-enforcement."

Something he says has been lacking between the county and state police for years and as sheriff, Reich says he will also look to change how and when convicts are released from prison.

The outgoing sheriff came under fire after 38 year-old Chris Perrien was charged with killing an Eaton county couple in 2011, while on work release.

"Why would you release an inmate that's supposed to be on work release that's not employed, there has got to be some checks and balances here, who is going to verify this," Reich said.

The democrat says Eaton county already has great deputies and department heads, he is now looking to take his leadership and experience to enhance the qualities in Eaton county.

"Crimes are always going to be there, some departments have been very successful in solving crimes and we want to move forward with that."

It's a challenge Reich says he is ready to take on full force.

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