Former lieutenant strengthens campaign for sheriff
July 27, 2011
To the editor:
I remember a framed quote that hung in my house when I was growing up. It shaped the person I became: U.S. Marine, LEO, husband, father and friend.
"Once a man gives his word, it becomes his bond. It cannot be taken back. Ever."
That quote predates my birth but rings as true today as it did when penned. Today, that very same quote hangs on my wall. With that in mind, many great and wonderful things have happened since we started this campaign. During this endeavor, I gave my word on a few things, and I want to give it to you again.
When I take office as Sheriff, those at Lee County Sheriff's Office will receive a raise. It's long overdue.
I will end harsh, excessive discipline.
I will protect, preserve and enhance your rights, working conditions and benefits.
Many have questioned where the money will come from for these raises I promise. To this, I simply say...It's there. This fall, I will post our in-depth budget analysis on my website (www.lee2012.com) so you might see exactly where it will come from.
Discipline will be handled objectively and fairly. I firmly believe that all appealed discipline should be handled by an outside, disinterested party instead of by persons who can be influenced by the administration. I am dead-set against using discipline to promote a political agenda or to silence political opposition. Fairness and consistency will become the mandate.
I believe the strength of the Lee County Sheriff's Office lays with the men and women on the front lines. Those personnel make the office. A Sergeant or Captain cannot run this Office. A Sheriff cannot run this Office. The front line is the most important aspect of any organization. I am acutely aware of this fact. The days of cliques and favoritism will end when you elect me.
A few rumors have been spread around, so here are the facts: I did not walk off my shift (see my website for the CAD recall of my last day as D4S). The Ferrantes are not coming back. Tom Chappell is not a member of my executive staff - or any other staff of mine. I do not oppose the union. I support you.
I am looking forward to this race. I will eagerly and openly debate any other candidate on any of these matters. A lot of things face you in this election. I promise to bring fairness across the board to you. The opportunity for this campaign's success is in your hands. I encourage you to ask me the hard questions, and I ask you for your support and vote. Please feel free to contact me at any time regarding any questions or concerns that you might have. Be safe. Stay strong. Let's Make It Right!