Current sheriff is hard working, active and should be re-elected |

Current sheriff is hard working, active and should be re-elected

To the Editor:

As we near the upcoming election I would like to congratulate Buddy Grinstead for the outstanding job he has done for Moffat County, as our county sheriff.

He took a department riddled with problems and he did not point fingers to blame others for its demise, but rather settled in and solved the problems. He has put together and trained an outstanding group of professional law enforcement officers that we can all be proud of. He played a large role in the development of our new safety center, of which we can all be proud. It is staffed with friendly, courteous and professional law enforcement personnel.

Buddy is honest, hard working and is very active in our community. He is a member of numerous organizations, which keep him in touch with our needs in the county. He is a good listener and seeks to do those things that better the quality of life for all of us in the county. He does not have a personal agenda, unlike many elected officials.

I hope the people of Moffat County can see all the good that Buddy has done for our sheriff’s department and the county and they will re-elect Buddy Grinstead as sheriff.

He is fully qualified for the position and has twenty years of law enforcement experience, which is unmatched by any other candidate.

It is easy to say “if I am elected, I will attend the 16 week course to qualify me for the job.” I want to know why people running for sheriff have not taken the initiative to get qualified before they run for office?

What do we do for a sheriff for the 16 weeks while we are paying for this individual to get his certification? It is impossible for them to get the 20 years of experience in law enforcement needed to perform the duties as sheriff between the election and taking office.

Being sheriff is far more that an administrative position, which you delegate others to perform the duties of law enforcement. As sheriff you must have experience and know the law in order to properly lead your staff in criminal investigations and bringing criminals to justice, which comes with experience. Many of our law enforcement personnel do not have a great deal of experience and would not be able to perform at the level they do without having a seasoned, well-experienced professional as their leader.

I will be at the poles voting for a qualified sheriff candidate, Buddy Grinstead, on Nov. 5 and I hope you will be there also casting your vote for Buddy.

Charles G. Watkins,

LTC (Ret) U. S. Army

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