Letter: A time for choosing a Grand County sheriff
To the Editor:
As the election season draws to a close we are beset by a choice between two candidates for Grand County sheriff. My experience with the Sheriff’s Office leads me to believe this is an easy choice. For me the choice boils down to a question of leadership, integrity, credibility and ethics.
During my time with the Sheriff’s Office I had the opportunity to work with both Brett Schroetlin and John Stein. I can tell you from experience that one man is a clear leader with a decisive vision for the future of our county and the other is an opportunist looking for power at any price.
I was hired on with the department immediately before Mr. Stein and I served the better part of five years working with him. As all former employees of Mr. Stein have already noted his decisions are based on what was best for him and not what was best for the department, the employees or the county.
In 2010 Mr. Stein’s ex-wife filed a petition for a restraining order against him citing sex assault in Douglas County. The previous incident allegedly occurred while he was employed by Grand County and while he was out of county on a business related trip.
Last year Mr. Stein was involved in a shooting during a disturbance in Hot Sulphur Springs. Although Mr. Stein was off duty and law enforcement was called to a disturbance at his residence, Mr. Stein chose to chase an unarmed man into the street and gun him down.
When an inmate was allowed to escape from the county jail, which Mr. Stein was charged with overseeing, it was Brett Schroetlin who found the inmate and returned them to the jail. This was done despite the fact that Mr. Stein was much closer to the jail than Officer Schroetlin, although Mr. Stein did manage to secure promotions and pay raises for both the deputies who let this inmate escape.
Mr. Stein’s actions compromised his integrity, credibility and ethics and they brought shame on the citizens he represents. His performance falls below the acceptable level expected of a Grand County sheriff and the citizens of Grand County.
Brett Schroetlin has the respect off all law enforcement in the county and is the best choice for sheriff.
Editor’s note: Allegations of the alleged sexual assault referenced in this letter did not result in formal charges and the court granted no-contact orders to both parties (Mr. Stein also filed a petition against his ex-wife), both of which were dismissed about five months later as part of their divorce. An investigation into the referenced shooting found no wrongdoing on Mr. Stein’s part.
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