FRONT ROYAL – Deputy Michael “Mickey” Licklider, who has worked for the Warren County Sheriff’s Office for 31 years, hopes to leverage that experience into becoming sheriff.
He is one of three candidates who want to replace Sheriff Daniel McEathron, who plans to retire after 16 years at the helm when his term ends in November 2019.
Licklider, 60, is a Page County native who moved to Warren County after graduating high school in 1976.
After holding several jobs, he said: “I decided I wanted to get into law enforcement” and joined the Sheriff’s Office in 1987.
Licklider’s duties during the three-plus decades with the Sheriff’s Office have included serving as patrolman, patrol sergeant, investigator, jailor, SWAT team member and firearms instructor.
He retired in 2011 and has worked part-time as security in the Warren County Courthouse for the last six years.
Licklider said he would like to continue serving and supporting “the people of this beautiful community” as sheriff. He said he will run as an independent and is not seeking endorsement from any party, but that he would love to gain McEathron’s endorsement.
While he said he has no issues with how McEathron runs the office, Licklider said he would attempt to spearhead a few changes if elected. He said that will include establishing a community policing team that works in partnership with citizens to address their concerns.
He added that he would also work with school administrators and resource officers to monitor the schools’ safety; continue the battle against drugs; and educate senior citizens about scams.
Licklider said another goal is improving deputies’ salaries to be competitive with surrounding localities because so many officers leave for higher pay.
He said Warren County should not be a “training ground” and the office should “keep the good people that we’ve got.”
Licklider said that he”recognizes the importance of professional, trustworthy and dedicated law enforcement in our community,” and noted “the importance of professional, trustworthy and dedicated law enforcement in our community for all citizens.”
If elected, he said he “will work hard to serve, protect and uphold the law” and he is “looking forward to interacting with his community to better serve the citizens.”