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Page 2 Wednesday, April 25, 2012 be a good start if cred- ibility means anything to Mr. Okamoto. Moving onward and upward, the letter entitled "The Sheriff's Oath" submit- ted by Arnold Pederson, is one of the better ones that have appeared in ACR, and The contains vital information that should be reviewed by all Americans. .Xod;a,, I/'a/ly Editors comment: Regardless of any previous public mention, Adams County Record whenever an accusation or revelation is aired in letters to the editor without substantiation, I will at least give the person a chance to respond before printing it, if I print it at all. Sheriff's Office is Broken Dear Editor, As a former employee of the Adams County Sheriff's office, I can attest to the fact that the sheriff's office is very broken, corrupt and in need of a fresh new start. he individuals who we now have in office have all but run it into the ground. It has been nothing more than a glorified salary for an elite few to sit in an office, or at home, and do absolutely nothing that pertains to their duties as law enforcement officer. They have wasted the taxpayer's dollars with nothing to show for it. They are very good at gathering in an office and thinking of ways they can cause hate and discontent throughout the department. Do you ever see them on patrol or in the community, or backing up one of their officers? I bet most people in the county could not pick out the so called "under sheriff" in a crowd of people. "Ibis is not normal for any sheriff's office. If you were to go to any surrounding county you would see the sheriff, chief deputy, etc. working out in the commu- nity: patrolling, fielding calls, attending events, or just being of assistance to the public. Any employee who could see through them has been forced to leave so they could hire friends and family. To continue their game, they have hand picked one of their own to run for sher- iff. Nothing will change by electing someone they have hand-molded and formed for sheriff. It will be run from the shadows. It is going to take someone with a lot of common sense, education and backbone to get things right. Over the past few months I have had the opportunity to get to know sheriff candi- date, Don Allen. Don has a passion for doing his best at whatever job it may be, and has been very successful in life. He is honest, energetic, motivated, and very well educated. He is open to new ideas, willing to work with our county commissioners and other elected officials. If elected, Don has cho- sen Rick Wiley as his Chief Deputy. Mr. Wiley has extensive experience in law enforcement, and is well known and respected throughout the law enforce- ment community. Both Don and Rick will be an active working part of the sheriff's office. It's time for a fresh new start. If you have questions, contact me: Mesa We Need Don Allen Dear Editor, As past president/ events coordinator of the Chamber of Commerce, Rose Advocate (Domestic Violence), Accounting Consultant for the City of Council, working with our schools and senior center, I have worked closely with our Sheriff's office. I've tried to be diligent and committed in persuad- ing the Sheriff's office to take advantage of the free trainings brought to Council by Rose Advocates and to become involved with the different "teams" that are formed for our county/kids and to represent Adams County in nearby communi- ties. The lack of participa- tion has always been very disheartening. To name a few of the controversies facing our county over the past sev- eral years has been: budget- try issues, improper use of finances, reputation, lack of communication with our Commissioners, disar- ray with our Deputy's and Sheriff's office as a whole. It has been stated that the Sheriff's office is not a business. The financial/man- agement side of the office must be a priority as well as the law enforcement side; history proves this. Within our Sheriff's office, we have four divisions and the Sheriff. From their website: Dispatch, Celeste Zielinski; Drivers License and Civil: Lt. Jan Cheverton, Jail Division: Captain Steve Ogden, Patrol Division: Lt. Ryan ZoUman. For those of us that were born and raised here, we have followed the disar- ray and conflict with our Sheriff's office. I ask you to look at the "whole picture7 We have to have "positive .change" with a "plan' Some of our candidates have been a part of the Sheriff's office for years. They've had the opportunity to be a part of making positive change. It hasn't happened. I've known Don Allen for 37 years. Don has always been a leader & dedicated individual, q-he positive way he has managed his cam- paign proves his leadership skills! He is approachable, honest, energetic, and has strong moral values. Don is fair and has always had the respect of others. Staying involved while keeping the county informed, Dons stated plan: Phase 1, Administrative Side: Evaluate, audit, reor- ganize, and create a busi- ness plan. Chief Deputy will concentrate on training/ management of law enforce- ment side. Phase II, Law See Facm6 PAE, ii "Hogwash" is hogwash The subject of Mr. Okamoto's health and age was initiated by his sup- porters in the previous edition of ACR. It wasn't me who introduced the Dear Editor, I like the new look of ACR. I also like the new policy of advance notifica- tion to the subject of letters to Editor's Mailbox to give them "a chance to respond" matter. When any topic is made public by the press it is immediately open for public scrutiny and discus- sion. I made it crystal clear in my letter that I had no personal knowledge about Vote Robin James before the paper goes to the general public like you did for Mr. Okamoto. R will be helpful to me in my writ- ings. That policy does apply to everyone, doesn't it? Robin James his health and that it was, in fact, unsubstantiated infor- mation about which I was inquiring. I even mentioned that it would be a great dis- service to Mr. Okamoto if it was untrue. Even so, he accused me of spreading lies and misinformation. Is Mr. Okamoto's rude, evasive reaction to my letter a preview of how he might respond, if elected Sheriff, to a citizen's inquiry that doesn't fit his agenda? "Hogwash" doesn't answer the question, and is quite typical of nonresponsive answers spewed by politi- cians across the U.S.A. through the news media every day. A yes or no / true or false answer would Continued Ryan Zollman Candidate for Adams County Sheriff Coffee and Pastries with Ryan Zollman April 28th, 2012 From 9am to 11am at Lakey's Cafe .... 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