We are writing this in response to the two articles you printed about newly-elected Sheriff Wall. First, the grandstanding ceremony was rather amazing. Who pays for this kind of ceremony? County budget and, ultimately, the taxpayers? We would like to know. And the newspaper had it right on the front page.
Second, the firing of Rachelle Redmond and Dan Kelliher was very nasty.
Third, the hiring of another 60-plus-year-old who has been out of law enforcement for more than 30 years and doesn't even live here as undersheriff. Now we have a law enforcement agency being run by two 60-plus-year-olds who have been out of the loop for more than 30 years each, who also have made sure there is no one on the force with long-time experience who knows the county well. This is alarming.
Fourth, Sheriff Wall said he is not concerned about vacancies in the department and not concerned about POST certification. What is he concerned about? He never mentioned anything about concern for the people in the county who have no other law enforcement protection but the Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Wall didn't even mention working with the other deputies in the department. Instead he used a total of 20 "I's" in the quotes that the newspaper printed in both articles. This is not how a good manager develops a working team.
Do we feel safer now that Sheriff Wall has been sworn in? Absolutely not.
There are grave concerns. We pray the department will be able to meet the needs of the county citizens, but right now it looks very bleak.