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Potential Grand County undersheriff outlines policies

To the Editor:

Grand County sheriff candidate Brett Schroetlin recently announced that I would be named as his undersheriff pending his hopeful victory in the November election. I am extremely humbled and honored to be chosen by Brett for this position. I am writing this letter to explain to the community my goals and vision for the Grand County Sheriff’s Office, which differ greatly from the current administration.

I was born and raised near Kremmling and have been a resident of Grand County for 39 years. After high school, I joined the United States Marine Corps, proudly serving for four years before returning to Grand County and joining the Grand County Sheriff’s Office. I resigned from the sheriff’s office in good standing after 10 years of service. Following my resignation, I went to work for the Granby Police Department and have been there seven years.

Over my 17-year career, I have developed strong working partnerships with Emergency Medical Services (EMS), community fire departments, human services, victim advocates, as well as all other law enforcement agencies within our county. It has always been my belief that teamwork is a key element in providing the best resources and service to the community.

As I explain my goals and vision for the future of the Grand County Sheriff’s Office, you will undoubtedly realize that I am NOT a politician. I stand before you as a peace officer and will explain what I believe needs to happen in order to earn your respect and trust as we move forward together into the future of a new Grand County Sheriff’s Office.

“Community Policing” is a proactive approach to building positive, lasting relationships within the community. It is a time-proven system that brings the people of Grand County and those of us sworn to serve and protect into a partnership for the greater good. First and foremost, from my position down, all sheriff’s deputies will be involved in the community. You will begin to see deputies at our schools, businesses, public events, meetings, and other community functions. We will be an ACTIVE part of this community and available to answer questions, interact with citizens of this county, and provide assistance in any way possible.

The next thing that I will guarantee is that our deputies will be trained, equipped, and have the knowledge and support to perform their duties to protect the lives and safety of the citizens of Grand County. Through supervision from the sheriff down, the employees will be empowered to perform their duties as law enforcement professionals. They will treat people with dignity, respect, and share the overall vision focused on community and character. My vision is to have one of the best agencies in the state and develop a department where one’s abilities and dedication to service will be the standard by which employees are promoted and recognized. In doing this, we will be able to retain quality employees and reduce/stop the revolving-door issue that plagues the current administration.

I will assist in drafting and implementing a complete policies and procedures manual, which will be issued to each employee from day one. In a day and age where law enforcement agencies across this country are subject to scrutiny, it is imperative that we provide these guidelines as a matter of public service and accountability. It is my unwavering promise to uphold the laws and statutes of the state of Colorado and protect the constitutional rights of all citizens.

In closing, I believe that elections are an important part of our democracy and heritage. I believe that it is one of the greatest responsibilities that we have as citizens of this great nation. Elections are about values, ideas, issues, and visions that engage our community to actively think about the course of our future. Brett Schroetlin and I have a strong understanding of what it means to be a public servant. Together, we will effectively implement our vision to gain your trust and respect. I look forward to working with and for you, the citizens of Grand County, as your undersheriff.

Wayne Schafer

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