By EILEEN MCCLORY
The public thinks the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office is doing a good job overall, according to results of a community survey.
Crime prevention deputy Beth Baker said the survey was good news for her and other deputies.
“I was very pleasantly surprised,” Baker said of the results. “It’s overall very good to see.”
The survey asked 13 questions, ranging from questions about outreach to questions about interactions with deputies. Participants could also write comments.
Four or five stars on a five-star scale were the most common ratings for each question.
A total of 161 people responded to the survey, which was available online and in paper format from the sheriff’s office and village offices in January.
According to the survey, 85 percent of respondents were satisfied with the overall performance of the sheriff’s office, giving the office five stars on a five-star system. Just 11.1 percent did not approve, giving one or two stars.
Baker said the survey did show that some people did not know the extent to which the sheriff’s office is involved in various task forces.
Sheriff Mike Heldman said while he had hoped for more responses from the public, he was pleased with the results.
“We serve the public and that’s what we will continue to do and do it the right way,” Heldman said.