Please differentiate yourself from your opponent.
I firmly believe the sheriff has lost touch with the people of the county. To police with arrogance and attitude does nothing but intimidate and separate.
My roots in Summit County have taught me that all people deserve respect and compassion. We, as police officers, seem to come across people when their personal lives are exposed.
I will have deputies who care about the people and their needs, more than a point system designed to motivate, reward and, in some cases, punish their efforts.
As sheriff, I would determine a successful call ending in a handshake and an understanding, and an arrest only when necessary.
I have chosen to live, work and play in this county. My family will be raised here, hopefully for many generations to come. I aspire now to be your sheriff; however, I will always be your neighbor and a member of your community.
Your Sheriff s Office, under my leadership, will again be a "serve and protect" department. I refuse to have the public attitude be a result of the abuse of authority and power by the sheriff and his administration.
I am FROM SUMMIT COUNTY AND FOR SUMMIT COUNTY.
1. Does the Sheriff’s Office currently offer balanced coverage across the county?
On a geographic scale, the more sparse areas, i.e. Upton, the Uintas, Echo, Henefer, Coalville to Wanship and the I-80 route through Echo Canyon, are usually covered by one deputy or less.
During the summer months, the canyons and the forest areas (funded federally) are patrolled on weekends and holidays. Kamas and Park City areas (three zones total) are usually covered and patrolled by up to five officers. If there is a shortage of deputies, Coalville and Kamas are combined into one zone.
The coverage is not balanced; it is based more on demand.
2. The Sheriff s Office recently switched to zoned coverage, is that working? How has it affected response times?
The zone coverage implemented within the last three years has offered faster response times in the Park City area(s) and helped bridge the gap in the other two areas. If the zone coverage were managed correctly, it would be very effective in stopping narcotics movement and other opportunity crimes. Deputies who live in the county, especially on the East Side, tend to manage and effectively police their assigned areas with more detail. To recruit from within the county, and to give financial support to those willing to move into Summit County, would only help to strengthen the "zone coverage" and community relationship.
3. Is the Sheriff s Office prepared to handle a major public safety emergency like a school shooting?
No. Until all patrol deputies, corrections staff and dispatchers, get personally familiar with the schools in the county, and receive specialized training the result would be managed chaos. It would be in the best interest of the entire county to have a community-oriented training and awareness fair to better understand the effort needed to handle such a tragedy.
The Sheriff s Office needs the school administrators, teachers, parents and students to be able to handle a "Columbine"-type situation just like a fire drill or earthquake drill. Training materials, Web sites and other tools should be issued just like a locker, textbooks and other supplies.
4. What should the sheriff s role be in handling immigration issues?
With the high number of migrant workers in the county, both legal and undocumented, a heavy-handed approach just isn’t feasible. Until the business owners and federal government come to an agreement that will benefit the economy and help lower the crime rate, the local hands seem to be tied. With a new focus and commitment to drug enforcement and prevention, the negative element of illegal immigration can be reduced and prosecuted. A recent inquiry into the "most wanted list" of the Park City Police Department shows a majority of the wanted felons are of Hispanic origin. Having trained bilingual officers and investigators, the Sheriff s Office can begin to work on the problem from the inside out.
By following the lead of the PCPD, the Sheriff s Office needs a Hispanic relations liaison on staff, to better train and educate the officers, corrections staff and dispatchers.
5. Is the Sheriff s Office doing enough to protect victims of domestic violence in Summit County?
Domestic violence and its victims are a major focus of the Sheriff’s Office. There is a very qualified domestic violence victims advocate working with the county courts and Sheriff’s Office right now. She has done great work with all the agencies of the county.
Part of my new budget will be to add resources to this cause, and offer training to the staff of the Sheriff s Office and other agencies. With a better handle on the schools of the county, we will be able to prevent some of the DV situations.
Community-oriented policing becomes so important in stopping domestic violence and helping the victims. We will have a no-tolerance policy pertaining to domestic violence. The deputies will be trained to handle both emotional and physical signs of domestic violence and given the authority to act as needed.
6. The Sheriff s Office has an $8 million budget. Is it enough and is it being spent wisely?
At the time of this e-mail, I have not received a copy of the budget as I have requested. I do know that the patrol vehicles and usage policy needs to be evaluated and modified. Due to higher costs of fuel and other operation costs, associated with fleet vehicle management, a better solution is needed.
Other aspects of the budget will be evaluated and altered and deemed necessary by the administrative staff and the County Commission. Public input in this area is always welcomed and appreciated. There are many construction and transportation companies in the county who do a great job of managing effective production and cost. We need to turn to those people for guidance and suggestions.
7. How would you characterize the relationship between the Sheriff s Office and the local police departments in Kamas and Park City?
Similar to a road or bridge in need of repairs, the relationships need some improvements. A strong working relationship between agencies would only be a benefit to the citizens of the county. I would make it a priority for regular, working meetings with both Chief Lloyd Evans of PCPD, and Chief Adam Jones of Kamas. As part of my campaigning, I have made it a focus to involve both agencies in helping form my platform for change. I believe the Sheriff s Office serves the people of Park City and Kamas proper as much as any other area in the county. Having well trained officers working for those cities only makes my job as sheriff easier.
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