I am running for Sheriff of Routt County because I want to continue to be proactive in advancing the Routt County Sheriff’s office in new and proven public safety techniques, as we honor our oath of office and work toward our pledge to serve and protect.
Maintaining a high level of public safety through good relationships with our citizens, businesses, and non-profit organizations is paramount to keeping Routt County a safe and wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family. This belief is my foundation for providing the finest public safety services to our community, and has been a priority since I was elected in 2010.
Law enforcement officers often respond to very serious, life-threatening calls for service, which require a disciplined or non-discretionary response. However, for situations that are not of the more serious nature, my philosophy is not to in favor of heavy-handed law enforcement tactics, but rather to encoure independent discretion and the use of alternative techniques that result in the most effective outcome for all involved.
When I speak about public safety, the safety of our schools and maintaining a safe environment for our children and our educators is at the top of my list of priorities. Our nation’s schools have been targeted by evil intentions, resulting in the loss of precious lives and grief and pain for many families. I pledge that I will continue my efforts and dedicate time to working with our citizens, businesses, and elected officials, as we research ideas to increase school safety, while at the same time maintaining a warm and welcoming learning environment.
Another important goal that drives and encourages me to run for a third term as your Sheriff, are the issues and concerns surrounding the reality that law enforcement continues to be a very dangerous profession. The increasing threat is not only directed toward law enforcement officers, but often to the public as well. Maintaining a high level of continuous training is paramount in assuring not only quality service to our citizens, but also in assuring that our staff have the necessary tools, training, and experience for a long and healthy career of public service. Ongoing training is expensive and time-consuming, but it is a must, and there are no substitutes! I will continue to keep quality training at the top of my priority list to benefit us all.
Finally, our nation is experiencing an epidemic regarding opiate abuse that is resulting in increasing overdose deaths and an increase in crime. I have already taken steps to team up with mental health and substance abuse organizations to combat this epidemic here in Routt County. The Routt County Sheriff’s Office was one of the first law enforcement agencies in Colorado to adopt a version of the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (PAARI). PAARI has since developed into a platform for many law enforcement agencies across our nation in battling this deadly epidemic.
I will work hard for the safety and well being of every person in Routt County. I hope to earn your support and vote this November.