McIlrath says, "I have lived and worked in Jackson County my entire life. The safety and prosperity of our community is of utmost importance to me. Jackson County needs and deserves a Sheriff who will lead the Department in a pursuit of professional excellence, and in turn, provide the highest standard of services and accountability to our residents."
"The decision made by the voters in this special election will shape the future of Jackson County. It is your time as residents of Jackson County to select a leader that is experienced and knowledgeable, a leader with a vision for law enforcement in Jackson County and the ability to see that vision through. It is not enough to get back to the basics of budget and inventory control. In fact, honesty, integrity, and fiscal responsibility are the minimum standards we should expect of a Sheriff. It is time for a fresh new direction with the future of Jackson County in mind."
"As your Sheriff, I will pursue professional excellence by implementing nationally recognized standards for law enforcement and earning both state and national accreditation for the Department. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department with a budget of over 17 million dollars and nearly 200 employees should be a premier law enforcement agency, not just in the County, but in the State. Jackson County deserves professional, courteous service from an efficient and well-trained department. Jackson County deserves a safe community protected by a Sheriff and deputies who know and understand the law. Jackson County deserves the highest quality, professional law enforcement services and a Department that values its relationship with the community that it serves."
"I grew up in Pascagoula and graduated from Pascagoula High School in 1979. Vicky and I raised our children, Amanda and Tyler, in Gautier and Ocean Springs. I currently live in Vancleave. I began my law enforcement career in 1984 as a deputy sheriff. Every year, I continue my law enforcement training and constantly keep informed of the changes in our laws and law enforcement trends. In March 2012, I graduated from the prestigious F.B.I. National Academy. For the last 10 years, I have served Jackson County as the Chief Investigator for the District Attorney’s Office. I have worked cases from the crime scene to the courtroom and know what it takes to hold those who violate the law accountable."
"I have spent most of my adult life as a public servant in law enforcement. You have put food on my table, a roof over my head, and provided an education for my children. I am forever grateful. I ask that you give me the chance to repay you. As your Sheriff, I will always remember that the Sheriff is your public servant and answers to you, the taxpayer. With your support, I can build the Sheriff’s Department that Jackson County deserves. I ask that you trust me with this important task and vote Scott McIlrath for Sheriff."