Guest Editorial: Three of five council members endorse Brickey and Martinez |

Guest Editorial: Three of five council members endorse Brickey and Martinez

Summit County Council members Roger Armstrong, Kim Carson and Claudia McMullinWe are writing in our individual capacities, rather than collectively as a majority of the Summit County Council, to express our sincere and strong support for David Brickey to

Our individual abilities to function effectively and make legally sound decisions as members of the County Council often depends, to a great degree, upon a close working relationship with the County Attorney and his office. We have come to rely upon David Brickey, and his excellent staff, to provide us with thorough, well-researched and well-considered legal guidance and information, and we have developed a very solid level of trust in that guidance. David Brickey’s Deputy, David Thomas, is a valued collaborator and has a remarkable breadth of experience and knowledge regarding important legal issues concerning the administration of the business of Summit County and the actions of its elected officials. We also appreciate David Brickey’s critical role in the creation of the Children’s Justice Center and the Drug Court, which are tremendous additions to our community.

When a person needs an attorney, the decision of which attorney to rely on should not be taken lightly; and once you have developed a trusted relationship with an attorney, change should be considered with great care. Through our effective and collaborative working relationship with the David Brickey and his staff, we have been able, and will continue, to make decisions that have provided greater certainty to the residents of Summit County; equally important, we have avoided decisions that are likely to lead to litigation and waste of valuable and scarce County resources. As Summit County continues to grow, we all face greater legal challenges as we seek to maintain the quality of life that initially attracted us here. Complex development challenges are looming and the solutions are often very complex. David Brickey and his staff are proven, very experienced and very good, and they have our trust and great respect.

The County Sheriff is, in many respects, the counterpart to the County Attorney and both must work collaboratively to ensure public safety, security and justice. Justin Martinez is not only an excellent law enforcement officer, he is also an excellent administrator. He has carefully combined nearly 20 years of law enforcement experience, a degree in Emergency Services Management Administration and a warm, humane and approachable demeanor to emerge as a thoughtful, practical and effective law enforcement executive. In addition to his professional accomplishments, Justin actively helps the community in his private life by serving on the boards of Peace House, Children’s Justice Center, Domestic Violence Commission and Big Brothers and Big Sisters.

Our community demographics presents multiple challenges to law enforcement personnel and a one-size-fits-all approach to policing is ineffective. Our police and deputies are not just law enforcers, they are also often our front line ambassadors to thousands of tourists. As our community continues to grow and become more diverse, the law enforcement agencies in our community will need to continually reassess policies and procedures in order to maintain safety without sacrificing a sense of community. Justin has promised that the Sheriff’s department will evolve to better fit the needs of our community. We appreciate Justin Martinez’s thoughtful, community-oriented, holistic approach to policing and his excellent administrative skills and we believe that he has earned, and deserves, our votes to be the next Summit County Sheriff.

We all have a lot of work to do to protect this incredible place we call home. Accordingly, we support David Brickey and Justin Martinez, respectively, as our County Attorney and County Sheriff.

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