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Thanking Ann Stephenson

Editor’s note: The following submission is an open letter to former Pitkin County Sheriff’s Deputy Ann Stephenson.

Dear Editor:

Thank you for serving our valley for more than a quarter of a century as both patrol director and deputy for the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.

It was with great sadness that I read the news of your untimely departure recently.

Our community is fortunate to have had such a caring and committed public servant as yourself.

I do not feel I ever gave you a proper thank-you for all the times you had helped me through … some extremely difficult and defining moments, of which I will name but a few, as follows:

1. In 2007 when you served me at home with civil papers, you did not hasten along on your way. Rather, you stood by until my emotions became stable, which went from shock and disbelief to tears of grief and loss, and everything in between.

2. Just over a year ago, you drove me home from a doctor’s appointment in Basalt that I dared not miss though I was so incredibly strapped for cash, and, as it turned out, I only had enough bus fare for a one-way trip.

3. Again, when I was stranded in Basalt at the gas station, you jump-started the car battery of the unreliable car I was driving so I could get home.

4. You consoled me on the phone when I was staying in Aspen and let me chatter away into the late hours of the night in nervous anticipation of a court hearing, in turn, giving me strength to get through it the next morning.

5. When our family peaked in its brokenness, you went to incredible lengths to make arrangements for my children and me to see one another, as you knew I had been facing a great deal of difficulty making that happen. Fortunately, these hard times have passed.

These are but a few of the more recent things that come to mind for which I wish to say, thank you.

Wishing you all the best …

Leianne F. Wright

Aspen


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