Spent three days this week teaching students at South Park High School on law enforcement issues in our society today. The main topic was Officer Involved Use of Force, why and when the police use deadly force. The students participated in a scenario based on a case I investigated. The students, teachers and I generated a tremendous amount of really amazing conversation and the interest level was amazing. As your Sheriff, our students will see me and our deputies walking the halls in our schools in Park County and continuing to educate our kids. Making solid connections with our youth is one answer to the questions "How can we ??....." We say education is the key... Help Support teachers in developing our youth. As a business owner, entrepreneur, or government worker, WE can all make a difference in our community, just show interest in a kid. Share your successes. One student told me after our class that he is seriously looking into a law enforcement career. Make a difference. I am all in.
My message from day one has been to give the citizens of Park County a Sheriff's Office that is focused on being professional, respectful, and honest. I take much pride in being described during this campaign as being truthful, approachable, exceptionally experienced, and very professional. My common sense approach to handling the law enforcement needs of our community is what I have based my entire career on, it is not something I offer to you as a campaign slogan.
My law enforcement attitude is to take care of the situation. This doesn't always end in arrest or writing a ticket. Using common sense when dealing with law enforcement encounters brings respect to you the community and respect to our profession. Setting an example of respect is extremely important to me.
There is no greater motivation than seeing a leader working alongside everyone else. I will prove my commitment and earn your respect with my same hardworking drive I have displayed my entire 35 year career in law enforcement. It is important to me to always lead by my example.
I am straightforward and honest. I trust and believe that with my passion and dedication I can bring an atmosphere of unity and camaraderie to the Park County Sheriff's Office and our community.
I'm honored, humbled and sincerely appreciative to the citizens of Park County. It's no surprise that when we started this journey that six worthy candidates stood before you with their vision and ideas to lead the Park County Sheriff's Office. I had the honor to be included in that group. You often hear about the brother and sisterhood of law enforcement. The men who stood before you possessed lengthy experience and impressive qualities, genuine in their desire to serve. I had the pleasure of getting to know Steve, Gary, John, Monte and Mike. You heard us talk of our values, our qualities and what made us stand apart. You evaluated our differences, yet we are very much the same when it comes to our dedication to law enforcement. The one quality we all share, the one that was never in question, is the devotion and allegiance to our profession. The overwhelming support you showed to each candidate was sincere and I know each of us truly appreciated your loyalty. Thank you. I stand with these fine men and am honored to serve.
Thank you Park County, my heartfelt thanks to taking this journey with me. We have much to do.
To my wife Barb, you are amazing. To our son Kyler, you are our shining star.
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