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‘Too young to retire’: McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara plans to run for re-election

Waco, TexasKWTX)- McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara admitted on Thursday that he can’t run as fast as he used to, but apparently that won’t stop him from running for another term next year.

“I’m too young to retire,” McNamara said. “Oh my God, I’m only 76.”

Speaking to a large gathering at the McLennan County Republican Club on Thursday, McNamara had crowd supporters occasionally clapping, laughing, cheering and gasping at stories of the incidents he and his officers faced in the 10 years McNamara was sheriff.

McNamara, who turns 77 in April, knows his age will be an issue in his upcoming campaign but said he’s ready to face any challenger.

“Take them,” said McNamara, who has worked in law enforcement for 53 years, including 32 years in the US Marshals Service.

There are now strong indications that McNamara will face at least one opponent – a former sheriff’s office employee – in the March 2024 Republican primary.

Introduced as the “Sheriff of America”, Republican Club President Scott Salmans promoted McNamara to “Sheriff of the World” after McNamara reported on his human trafficking unit and Detective Joseph Scaramucci was asked to train officers and work on cases in Mongolia, Poland, Ukraine and other countries. around the United States.

“Our human trafficking unit is known all over the world,” McNamara said. “I’m so proud of it.”

The sheriff said that within the first 12 hours after he gave Scaramucci the go-ahead to launch online attacks of sex offenders looking to have sex with minors, 100 men lined up to meet children for sex.

“It looked like all sorts of weird sick people came out of the tree,” McNamara said.

McNamara said his office has about 500 employees and operates the seventh largest prison by population, with a capacity of 1,678 inmates.

He said the office operates under three mottos, which are emblazoned on US-flagged patrol cars: “Your safety comes first,” “Riding the wrongdoers,” and “In God we trust.”

Someone asked him if he was afraid of being sued for the “In God We Trust” logo.

“I told them that it would be the greatest honor I ever had in my life if some pathetic atheist scumbag tried to sue me. Come on,” McNamara said, drawing laughter from the crowd.

Another person asked what would happen if someone tried to scrape an American flag off a patrol car.

“Trust me, they’ll do it once, see what the asphalt tastes like, and they’ll be taken slowly to jail,” McNamara said. “So that you can all read between the lines.”

McNamara also reported on new units created in his office since he took office, including the Fugitive Detention and Special Tasks Unit, the Cold Case Unit, a volunteer training program to help respond to school threats. , a maritime safety team with three boats and an organized crime squad.

The sheriff’s office also increased the number of helicopters to three, McNamara said, adding that they have become a valuable resource for other counties as well. He said county helicopters helped locate a large 6,000-plant marijuana field in Robertson County and helped border patrols in Zapata County find tortured victims of drug cartels floating in the river and deter traffickers.

While McNamara said his office has upgraded police equipment, including in-vehicle video systems, the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office remains in the small minority of law enforcement agencies statewide that don’t provide body cameras for their deputies.

McNamara said after dinner that he thought the sheriff’s office would “eventually” get body cameras for police officers.

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