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Page 4 WednesdaMay 9, 2012 Editor's Mailbox Continued The Adams County Record Okamoto was responsible for 15 million dollar, down to 15 thousand dollar bud- gets while a Federal Agent. Not only does he have finan- cial management skills, but he is the only candidate that has a federal background and understands the laws at a level that would in fact create the needed transpar- ency within the department. At the forum, ageism reared its ugly flea& I believe that an "ism" should not keep the best man for the job from the job. All things consid- ered, Walt Okamoto is the best man for Sheri 77, rza/7 :5zmr C,.e_;I, Zd, zo ZoUman is Dear Editor, I have worked for the Adams County Sheriff's Office for over 25 years, and for two sheriffs. I have to respectfully disagree with my friend, Monte Hickman, in that Rich Green is, and has been, a good sheriff. There is very little that goes on within the office that I am not aware of. I can truthfully tell you that Ryan Zollman is respected by his fellow employees, and that he is a good man and good choice the best man for the job of sheriff. I have known Ryan ever since he came to work for the Adams County Sheriff. He is an honest, car- ing and hard working fam- ily man. He and his wife are active in community ser- vice. The family attends the Community Church. Ryan Zollman is com- mitted to giving every citi- zen in Adams County the best possible service. Ryan has promised to always be .looking for better ways to address the issues facing our communities, and to best use the resources available to him. Ryan will listen to your concerns. Feel free to ask questions. He thinks the greatest need will be to con- tinue to serve and protect the public and do it within the confines of the budget. Please Vote on Tuesday, May 15 for Ryan Zollman. Dear Editor, The drama continues in the race for the office of Sheriff. The forum produced valuable foresight, both pro and con, into the opinions and attitudes of all candi- dates. Some of the opin- ions in last week's "Editor's Mailbox" were also quite revealing. Here are a few that stood out: You can't lead effectively ff you don't have the expe- rience of those whom you lead. That leaves only two contenders. Mr. Okamoto is quali- fied to lead because he worked for Sheriff Green. Lt. Zollman isn't qualified to iead because he worked for Sheriff Green. What am I missing here? Even with the" current budget crisis, one writer questioned ACSO employ- ees having to get approval from upper management Paradoxical issues before spending money. Really? "Should we demand a note from their doctors?" Candidates for president of the U.S.A. release medi- cal records before election." The Sheriff's health is the business of the taxpayer. Transparency? "...there is a better than 50-50 chance you cannot survive P.O.S.T. certification7 Exactly the point of the orig- inal question! "His life history includes suffering grave injustice at the hands of overzeal- ous Federal Agents.." Mr. Okamoto lists 26 years as a Federal Agent as part of his qualification. Irony or obfus- cation? Clarification, Mr. Fisk, on some of your pub- lished comment is in order here. Your reference to "... the audience..," booing and yelling for "Mr. X" to sit down was obvious to almost everyone else that the childish disruption was being made only by a small group of supporters wear- ing "Hogwash" campaign buttons. Before being seat- ed "Mr. X" thanked Mr. "O" for finally, albeit begrudg- ingly, giving a direct answer. If he had simply answered the legitimate health ques- tion clearly the first time the whole waste of time and space in ACR and at the forum would have been avoided. It reminds me of Americans trying to stay focused on important issues while being distracted over a birth certificate. Several people in attendance later approached "Mr. X" and thanked him for pressuring Mr. Okamoto to respond rationally. Whoever Wins the pri- Continued mary, and eventual election in November, will need the support of all of us who reside in Adams Co. If the new Sheriff fails to live up to his campaign promises and to make the necessary improvements at ACSO, we'll do this all over again in four years. ,,,,; "Mr. X" gy Z,.,d;am Vall%/ ZoUman is qualified for the job Dear Editor, Mhy 15th is approaching, and all citizens eligible to vote need to exercise that right with an educated informed opinion. It's my informed opinion that Ryan ' Zollman is the best fit for the position of Sheriff of Adams County. He is qualified, educated in- Law Enforcement, and ready to address the issues facing our community with a fresh prosPective and will- ingness to listen to the citi- zens of this community. Ryan is respected in the Adams County Sheriff's department by his fellow co-workers. He is honest, hard working and commit- ted to this office, and you, as Adams County citizens. "Ryan and his wife are active in community and community faith-related activities, and have worked in depth with our youth. We have a good pool of candidates to consider, how- ever, we must give consid- eration to all of the qualify- ing attributes, and cast our vote with the man that holds those qualifications. Ryan Zollman has the qualifications. He intends to commit the highest integrity, along with his experience to the office if elected. I think he can do the job effectively. LFan Cwro, Coz.t,'/ Lack Dear Editor, After reading the May 2, 2012 issue and the results of the Sheriff's Forum I am compelled to write to you. I have continued to sub- scribe to the Council paper long since leaving my home at Bear and have enjoyed it, especially the History Column. After leaving Bear, I served, for 25 years as a deputy sheriff in two counties' in the Valley and served under four sheriffs in those counties. I served as a supervising Corporal for one sheriff and as a super- vising Sergeant for another. Since retiring I have started a successful business based on skills I learned while on the job in law enforcement. Although I vote in a county in the Valley, I do still own property in Adams Cotmty and am concerned about the liability coming from the sheriff's office. I read with great concern that 3 of the candidates run- of experience is a liability ning for sheriff of Adams County, the area of county government with the great- est liability for the taxpayers, have absolutely no previous law enforcement experi- ence. On a daily basis the sheriff must make decisions that, out of necessity, must be made based on experi- ence. It is not a position that can be learned on the job. It appears to me that 3 of your candidates are simply looking for jobs. How would they know what equipment would be needed to do the job or the reasonable costs of such equipment? How would they supervise their deputies work performance or if a deputy, would be exceeding the standards for use of force, a very. critical area of liability? This is especially pertinent since the jail in Council is now housing State Prison inmates. As a deputy sher- iff I would wonder how the sheriff, with no job expe- rience, is going to do my annual job performance review. Corrections expe- rience is not law enforce- ment exPerience and can- not be applied in the same way. If budget cuts required the sheriff to assume some of the workload of a dep- uty, how is someone with no experience going to be expected to do the job? An absolute knowledge of law and procedures is essential to keep the county out of libelous situations.. While the position of sheriff is administrative, in small counties with limited bud- gets, the sheriff must be able to carry some of the day to day work load and shouldn't expect to be in the office all of the time. t hope the voters in Adams County take the time to think this issue through and vote for one of the two candidates with experience. Assessor Contest Senate: " Monty J. Pearce (R) Grade: A+ Status: Incumbent Matthew W. Faulks (R) Grade: C Status: Candidate State Representative 9B: " Judy Boyle (R) Status: Incumbent Grade: A+ Jeri Soulier (R) Status: Cat)didate Grade: D Kendall Nelson-Jeffs (R) Grade: C- Status: Candidate Daniel S. Weston (R) Status: Candidate Grade: D Give change a chance Dear Editor, Give change a chance! We should vote all new people into all our official positions! We have had enough of the same old thing and all the endless power trips and just collecting a check. A fresh, new approach to running our government and our counties is needed. Yes, there is a steep training & learning curve. I, for one, will take tiaat over the same old processes and mindset that we have. It is time to bring new tools to the game. I am voting for Stacy Dreyer for Adams County Assessor as one of my choices. Stacy has the back- ground and skills needed to come up to speed fast and most important, the integ- rity and ability to work well with all the county popula- tion! I have known her for years and trusted her with my banking account at the bank she worked at. She was always professional, friend- ly and confidential. I knew I could count on her. So, please get out and vote on May 15th for change! Inactive Disbarred Dear Editor, pursued other professional It has come to my atten- interests. I was also out of tion that there was a rumor Idaho for a.long time. As a floating around suggesting result, my license was not that I had been "disbarred J' I "active" for nearly 14 years' have never been disbarred. I time. Apparently someone quit practicing law for rea- found on the Internet that sons relating-to my health, I had been reinstated to among other things, and "active" status in 2009, and drew the conclusion that I been "disbarred: I'd be glad to talk about my anxiety disorder (for hours, actually - something to do when next winter gets long?) - as well as the things I did, and the things I See FACING PAGE, III1