Letter: Sheriff candidate John Stein appreciates the support
September 23, 2014
To the Editor:
I want to thank everyone for the incredible support I have received, for all the positive comments, and for all of those that are seeing through the negative campaign tactics. It is an injustice that some ex-employees feel that the election will be decided by negative campaigning, mudslinging, starting rumors, and lies. Unfortunately, sometimes their emotions can get in the way of reasonable actions. These few ex-employees have left for various reasons, including some being held accountable for their actions.
I promise the public that I will never act officiously or permit personal feelings, prejudices, animosities, or friendships to influence my decisions. As law enforcement officers we are required to hold people accountable for their actions, and it is my belief that my duty is to hold the people who work for this county in law enforcement to the highest level of integrity, even when it may cost me in popularity and cause others to lash out because of their animosity in being held accountable to you, the public.
Those with integrity and work ethic are the ones that I want to serve the Grand County public, not those who are unfit to perform their jobs, have committed crimes that we hold citizens accountable for, or act in an unethical manner. I support my employees, providing training, equipment, and all necessary tools to ensure success. For those failures, they were given many opportunities and have failed the public and their co-workers.
In law enforcement, we live by a code of ethics. This includes our pledge to always do what is right. I have been dedicated to doing what is right and holding people accountable, which may not make me popular or great at politics but it is what makes me the best choice to be your Sheriff.
My pledge to you is to keep and hold our law enforcement to the code of ethics which requires us to serve mankind by fighting against deception and do what is right even if it is unpopular; to safeguard lives and property, to protect the innocent against deception by counteracting untruthful statements, deceit and corruption. To protect the weak against oppression or intimidation, because some are unable to protect themselves and it is our duty as law enforcement to continue our jobs in an ethical, just, fair, consistent and legal way. My responsibility to you is to conduct the Sheriff's Office in peaceful ways, against violence or disorder, and to respect the constitutional rights of all people.
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In a recent article in the Sky-Hi News by William Hamilton on "First News," he states: "It is human nature to accept the first salvo of purported 'facts' as gospel. When we first hear of a news event, we quite naturally want the 'truth' of the matter reported so we can move our minds back to our own, more immediate concerns. Once the faulty 'first news' is recorded in our brains, it is very difficult for any different facts to replace what our brains have already recorded. This is the reason why even untruthful, negative, political-campaign TV spots are effective. All too often, when the opposing candidate counters with the truth, it falls on ears already deafened by the 'first news' phenomenon. … The lesson: Reserve judgment until all the facts are known."
The facts are gathered by comparing the two candidates for who is best to serve as your Sheriff. Compare education, experience, character, values, and past performance. The "best predictor of future behavior is past behavior." Look at accomplishments and determine who will be likely to continue to lead, make changes and improvements in a positive direction, accomplish difficult tasks with honor and integrity, be accountable to the public, and build a department of excellence. Anything short, can and will allow for an Injustice. Inexperience tends to lead to mistakes that can be costly. Look at goals and visions to determine which are legal, obtainable, reasonable, and consistent with the values and partnerships of the community.
I am transparent and willing to speak to anyone individually, publicly, in groups, in person, or by phone or email. Please contact me by email — john@SheriffJohnStein.com — or cell, 970-531-2494. I am grateful to serve you with respect, accountability, honor, integrity, and partnering with you to build a department of excellence.
Grand County undersheriff
Candidate for sheriff