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Published April 25, 2010, 08:58 PM

Sgt. Barb Erdman Says She Is Right For The Polk Co. Sheriff's Job

Polk County Deputy Barb Erdman is running for sheriff. If elected, she would become the first woman to hold that position in Polk County. Barb Erdman who is originally from Drayton, has worked in the Polk County Sheriff office for 23 years. She says she's the right person to wear the sheriff's Badge.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

Sergeant Barb Erdman stands in front of the Polk County Law Enforcement Center where she wants to be the boss.

Erdman : "Look at both budget issues and law enforcement experience when we pick out next sheriff, and it feel I have both."

In her 23 years with the sheriff's department she has worn many hats, including supervising in investigations, and patrol shifts. She has assisted the past two sheriffs in putting together budgets. So when current sheriff Mark LeTexier announced he wouldn't run, Erdman says she decided she would step up.

Erdman: "I think the times that lie ahead in terms of economic issues, it's unlike anything our office has seen before and I really want to be a part of making sure that public safety stays in the forefront."

If elected Erdman would be making history in Polk county by becoming the first women to wear the sheriff's badge. She says that would be an honor, but doesn't give it too much thought."

Erdman: "I think it's all about bringing the talent together. And utilizing it as a whole in our office and I guess that's how I always looked at it. I've never felt there was an issue about me being female one way or another."

Erdman, who is 52, says she's happy in her current deputy position, but feels a responsibility to guide the sheriff's department through uncertain economic times.

Erdman :"How can we do that with the amount of money we are going to have. We are going to have to do more with less that all thats about it."