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Letter: Former employee endorses Stein for Grand County sheriff

To the Editor:

I too, am a former employee of the Grand County Sheriff’s Office. During my five years of employment, I had the pleasure of working with and for Undersheriff Stein.

During my experience, John was always a “go getter” looking for ways to improve moral, policies and overall job performance. The Sheriff’s Office was lacking in upgraded technology, which put the community and employees at risk. John worked very hard in implementing and improving this for the betterment of all involved. As with any boss, we had our disagreements but John actually listened to reason and would work with you regarding whatever matter you brought to his attention.

Through my experiences, John was always an upstanding leader that you could count on from start to finish. I enjoyed working with John because of his knowledge, experience and integrity. It disappoints me that this race for sheriff has turned into such a circus act. It is one thing to question the character of a person but to attack them and their families personally is cheap and degrading. As with any campaign, it is unfortunate that half truths are being spoken and publicized.

As a former employee, I would like to address the issue of morale and employee retention. When you have employees that continually spread false rumors and wallow in drama, there will be issues with morale. Communication is the biggest problem at the Sheriff’s Office as it is with most places of employment. As an employee, it is that person’s responsibility to stand up for themselves and address issues they may have and to do so through the proper chain of command.

Regarding employee retention, the biggest problem had to do with pay, which was not the sheriff’s choice but that of the commissioners. I saw many people leave the department for that very reason and also because they wanted the excitement and amenities that the metro area offered plus much higher pay.

I support John Stein and the leadership and integrity that he brings to the Sheriff’s Office. If I still lived in Grand County he would have my vote.

Brandy Sprague

Riverton, Ill.

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