As a small child, I remember one room in the house that really scared me. It was a dark closet which actually contained Christmas decorations and it was rarely opened. When it was opened it was very dark and there were always spiders and large monsters lurking, just waiting to eat me whole. I knew this because my active imagination heard the monster growl and the wall would shake. For some reason when my dad would go in and get the Christmas decorations, they never ate him. I figured they were afraid of my dad and left him alone. For most of the year that door was never opened and many times was even blocked by furniture. As I grew older, I became more brave and decided to shine a light inside that dark closet and much to my surprise, there were no monsters, or even a spider that I could find.
I always viewed politics as that dark closet. There were things in there that I knew were not right, pleasant, or even legal in some cases. There were things that took place that I never cared to know about. Just the crack that I could look through was enough to keep me away. As I have became involved in “politics” I have stepped in to that room, and I have turned on the brightest light that I can. I believe that there is a lot that needs changed in many places in Government. I have a choice to ignore the problem and stay away, or I can shine a light and make positive changes with the help of great people in this county. I am not saying that all is gloom and doom and bad, but it is time to clean out the closet. We need to look ahead to where we want to go.
From day one I have talked about Vision. We can not keep doing things the way they have been done for the past 40 years. Law Enforcement is changing rapidly, and we must change with it, develop new ideas for engaging with the public and strengthening relationships inside between the administration and unions, and outside the Sheriff’s Office as well. We need to act and not just talk about the Heroin epidemic that is killing so many in our county. This has been something that I have been working on far before my run for this office.
Experience is what we know now and where we have been. A vision takes us where we need to go. As a former business owner, one thing that I always knew for sure was that we always needed to think about tomorrow even if today was going well. We needed a strategic plan, a road map, or a vision for where were wanted to go so we could be successful and grow.
We have some amazing deputies, corrections officers, control room operators, and support staff who are very good at what they do. I am excited to bring a vision to the office that will allow our staff to not only enjoy coming to work, but be able to help the Office by being allowed to be creative and develop their gifts and abilities. I am a forward thinker who is very good at bringing people together. I am passionate about being your next Sheriff, and I am ready to hit the ground running. Once elected, it will not be business as usual, we will work hard to meet our new objectives, to follow our strategic plan, and to take the Sheriff’s Office to a new level.
Thank you for believing in me and for your support! If you would like to hear more, we invite you to our Steak Fry next weekend (Saturday, October 14th) at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Morton. Tickets are $30 and must be purchased in advance. You can buy them at www.eetenforsheriff.fund.