Let’s respect the sheriff’s choice

By February 1, 2011


I am getting very tired of some of the residents of this community complaining about the sheriff and his decision to hire his brother-in-law as undersheriff. Stop and think a minute. He comes to a county that he has not lived in long, he doesn’t know the district attorney well, much less the officers under his command, the county Board of Supervisors or the public in general.

Any responsible person elected to a like position would choose the best person for the job. He was lucky enough to hire somebody who had qualifications that he could trust to watch his back, carry out his policies and rules and operating procedures of the Sheriff’s Office who just happens to be his brother-in-law.

To be critical of that decision is naive and unjust. I condemn those people of this community who fail to give the sheriff the opportunity to prove himself and his choice for undersheriff.

The Sheriff’s Department operation is crucial to the safety of our community. I for one will give him my full support and I hope  the people of this county would do the same. Only time will tell if his decision was good or bad.

Above all else, he is the sheriff — and we should all respect that position.



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