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Letter: Harvey for sheriff

Harvey for sheriff

As an Eagle County business owner, parent and “local,” I am supporting Vail Police Department Cmdr. Daric Harvey to be our next Eagle County sheriff.

I have been a lifelong Republican but believe that when the right person presents himself or herself, it becomes my duty as a citizen to support that individual. Daric is that person for Eagle County sheriff. Daric has 18 years of law enforcement experience. He has served as a patrol officer, narcotics investigator, SWAT team member, violent crimes detective, sergeant and patrol lieutenant. Since 2012, he has served as a commander with the Vail Police Department.

I am a partner/owner of the Gore Range Brewery in Edwards. I want a sheriff who will be engaged, professional and present within the business community. Election-year politicking by suddenly appearing at business social events is transparently offensive. In my conversations with Daric, he has expressed the desire in providing responsible-alcohol-serving classes to businesses through his Sheriff’s Office. We also have discussed business-safety ideas and the effects of new businesses like retail marijuana shops and their possible impact in the community.

As the very proud parent of two children, I believe their safety and happiness is paramount. Harvey established the Police Explorers program in Eagle County, of which my son is a member. The mentoring and positive relations my son has received have made an impact on him but also our family. Daric speaks glowingly of his own school-aged children and about the commitment his family agreed to make when he becomes sheriff. Fact: The role of sheriff pays less than his current position as a Vail police commander.

“Local,” “longtime resident,” etc., are terms often used to lay claim to a certain distinction in our county. I believe that if you love this place, pay taxes (property or sales) or rent, or own a mountain bike or fly rod, then you deserve to call yourself a “local.” Daric owns a home in Gypsum and, like so many of us, came to raise his family in a special place where safety and quality of life have real value. Harvey dedicates more time to serving this community than most anyone I know. He may not be a very good golfer, but he is an excellent public servant.

Republicans, Democrats, independents, business owners, parents and “locals” — Eagle County needs a change in the Sheriff’s Office. Twelve years is long enough, and for that job, experience is required.

Harvey is the right person at the right time.

Russell Molina

Edwards


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