Voting: an American right, a privilege, an expression of our freedom. The outcome of which can determine the difference between success and failure. Voting is not a popularity contest, nor a devotion to friendship. It should be based upon qualifications, abilities and past performances. With this understood let us look at the Twin Falls County sheriff candidates. I have attended forums where both Sheriff Carter and Cliff Katona have stated their qualifications and reasons for seeking the sheriffs position.
Sheriff Carter speaks about staying within budget, getting P.E.R.S.I. retirement for the department, training for personnel, up-to-date equipment, his association and communication with other sheriffs throughout the state. Sheriff Carter has also earned (not been given) the highest Post certification. What sheriff Carter has not told the public is the enormous responsibilities involved maintaining the detention facilities, S.W.A.T., investigations, special investigations, patrol, public relations, having understanding and compassion to deal with the over 200 personalities of employees. Sheriff is a big job that requires an honest, professional person.
Cliff Katona has bragged about the many investigations he has conducted, the man power he is going to add to the department to cover the two or three calls a month generated in some of the out lining communities, the youth explorer program he is going to implement, the fact he is physically fit and can run several miles a day, the need for higher Post certification is unnecessary and a lot of other sound good but nonsense remarks.
Quality law enforcement is a vital aspect to the success of a county, both economically and through public protection. Sheriff Carter has been successful for the past seven plus years, I cannot see where Cliff Katona has been successful with much of anything. I am voting to keep Sheriff Carter.
Charles R. Van Vooren