Grand County Sheriff Rod Johnson endorses John Stein as successor |

Grand County Sheriff Rod Johnson endorses John Stein as successor

To the Editor:

Dear Grand County Citizens: I want to take this opportunity to endorse John Stein in the upcoming Grand County sheriff election. As sheriff, I have worked very closely with John Stein to keep the Sheriff’s Office moving forward in a progressive and professional mode.

I picked John Stein as my undersheriff because as sheriff I have always had traditional beliefs and managed the Sheriff’s Office conservatively with a pledged allegiance to the constitutional rights of the people. John Stein shares these beliefs and has a passion for what we do in the Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office is more complex with vastly different responsibilities than the police departments. A sheriff must embrace the challenge and think outside the mainstream law enforcement and not just focus on big city street type law enforcement. The Sheriff’s Office is not about how many tickets you write or how many people you arrest, it is about public safety and public service. It is about the management of the jail, wildland fire, search and rescue, civil process, and common sense law enforcement. It is about cooperation with local, state, and federal agencies.

One of the reasons I picked John Stein as undersheriff was because he was willing to take on the hard issues. These issues do not always make you popular but are a necessary part of keeping an organization like the Sheriff’s Office on track and limiting the people’s liability. You have to be loyal to the taxpayers and John has always made the right decision for the people, not just the popular one.

My plans have always been to serve the people of Grand County and I am still committed to that by helping John through the transition with whatever he needs me to do.

During my tenure as sheriff a small number of individuals have demonstrated the ability to serve as sheriff with the right kind of experience, knowledge, and understanding at a level that is essential to what the people of Grand County need. John Stein tops that list. John Stein is the best undersheriff I have had and John Stein is the best person to be elected as sheriff.

I urge you to check the box and write in John Stein for Grand County Sheriff.

Rod Johnson

Grand County Sheriff

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