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Letter: Vote VanBeek for Eagle County Sheriff

Vote VanBeek for Eagle County Sheriff

This is the first letter to the editor I have written in the 41 years that I have lived in Carbondale. I feel it is time to give my opinion to readers in Eagle County. You are facing one of the biggest elections for sheriff in more than 20 years. You have three candidates at this point to choose from. I know two of the three candidates, as I worked with or for them for 18 years. I worked with Joy Hoy when he was a D.A.R.E. officer then an Airport Security Officer. I worked with James VanBeek when he was a patrol deputy, field training officer, detective, mentor and many other titles. VanBeek “worked the streets” and knows the people in his county. VanBeek has integrity and honesty and knows what it is like to work nights and holidays. VanBeek knows what it is like to supervise and be held to the highest standards. He was my field training officer when I was a 21-year-old rookie deputy in the El Jebel area. He taught me what it was like to integrate into the community and to be proactive and not reactive. He taught and followed what former Sheriff A.J. Johnson implemented as real community policing and how important it was to have “resident” deputies in every area of the county — he spent a lot of time getting to know the residents of El Jebel and other rural area of the county. VanBeek knows what community is, and he pushed to keep “resident” deputies in the far reaches of the county. The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office could thrive under the leadership, new ideas and back-to-basics approach that VanBeek can provide. You can’t have someone leading the county who waits for bad things to happen and then develops a solution; we need a sheriff who can anticipate criminal trends and patterns, understand the public’s needs and can lead his staff to action. As a community member and small-business owner, I would have no hesitation to stand behind James VanBeek for Eagle County Sheriff.

If you want community and integrity back in the leadership of the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office then do not hesitate — VanBeek for sheriff!

David Lawson

Carbondale


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