Letter: An insider’s view of sheriff’s race
September 16, 2014
To the Editor:
I have lived in Grand County for about 30 years. I grew up here, went to school here and I call Grand County home. I started my law enforcement career in 2009 and have had the opportunity to work with both Brett Schroetlin and John Stein.
I worked closely with Brett for several years. When I started as a patrol officer, he was always there to back me up, support me and teach me when no one in my own department would. Brett has always handled his calls with a degree of professionalism and competence that comes from education and experience, but more than that, a love for the job. He has a passion for law enforcement and a drive to be the best that is rarely found in any industry, let alone one that is so taxing and emotionally draining. I have watched him sacrifice time with his family over and over again because someone needs him.
Without question, Brett knows this county and calls it home, just like the rest of us. His desire to learn and continually grow is infectious and I believe that anyone who has had the pleasure of working with him would agree that he makes all of Grand County law enforcement better by being a part of it. Brett leads by example, inspires trust and builds confidence. Those qualities alone would make him a great leader, but more than that, he is not afraid to listen to those around him. He is progressive and constantly looking for ways to improve himself and law enforcement for the entire community.
John Stein was given an investigator position at Grand County Sheriff's Department shortly after I started there. John was ultimately promoted to undersheriff and has focused his energy on his own career goals. He has spent little to no time getting to know the community in which he lives and says he wants to serve.
My experience with John has consisted of him saying whatever he thinks someone wants to hear and then proceeding to do exactly what is good for him. I have watched his manipulations and have been a victim of them myself. His charming demeanor and gift of gab make it easy to want to put your trust in him, but I would caution anyone to listen carefully and check the facts.
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We need a sheriff who will bring our county's law enforcement up to par and into the future. Everyone will have to make their own choice as to who they believe will do the best job, but no matter what your affiliation, there are core characteristics that everyone can stand behind. Politics always comes down to character. It's easy to look at education or experience and say that one would be better, but what isn't always so clear is who will actually follow through and put that education and experience to use in our best interest. Brett Schroetlin is the right choice for Grand County sheriff.