Frequently Asked Questions….
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WHY DO YOU WANT TO BE SHERIFF?
I want to serve the citizens of Laramie County because I want to do my part to preserve the lifestyle that is enjoyed here. I had lived and worked in a big city long enough to know that the way of life we enjoy here has to be valued and maintained. I witnessed first hand how crime and lawlessness destroys communities and changes neighborhoods dramatically. I don’t want those changes happening here in Cheyenne. I have the knowledge, skills and abilities with years of experience in law enforcement, the military and security management to bring a fresh perspective and new energy to the job.
WHY ARE YOU RUNNING AS AN INDEPENDENT?
Partisan politics shouldn’t enter into the role of Sheriff. A county sheriff should focus on crime that impacts the residents he/she serves, impartially enforcing the laws that are in place and running their department efficiently. Leaning heavily into one political persuasion or another does nothing but alienate sections of a population you’re supposed to "protect and serve."
WILL YOU BE A CONSTITUTIONAL SHERIFF?
I am concerned to see that every day more of our constitutional rights are being eroded. If I am elected, the Sheriff’s Office will never violate a citizen’s constitutional rights but will stand with citizens in defense of those rights. When law enforcement professionals have a deep and detailed understanding of the Constitution, the public can be sure that their rights and liberties are protected and not abused. I don’t think it’s enough for cops to read the Constitution; I want them to understand it and most of all, believe it. I am committed to providing our deputies with additional training on all aspects of the Constitution but especially those that relate to law enforcement. Years ago I took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States, and for me, that oath will never expire
IS CRIME A PROBLEM IN LARAMIE COUNTY?
Crime is increasing everywhere and Laramie County is no exception. With an increase in drug use, we are seeing a spike in the types of crimes that go hand in hand with that abuse-- specifically theft. The Sheriff’s department needs to respond proactively to that increase, and that can be accomplished in several ways. My number one priority would be increasing manpower, and visibility. Hiring additional deputies, and exploring the option of bringing back the Reserve Deputy program will go a long way in making the County a safer place to live and do business. I would also like to introduce Comstat (computer statistics) policing. This program will facilitate the gathering of accurate and timely crime information and intelligence that will help the Sheriff’s Department target their efforts to move from merely responding to crimes but preventing them from happening in the first place. Additionally, I’d like to strengthen our working relationship with other area law enforcement agencies. We need to put everyone on notice that Laramie County has zero tolerance for criminal activity.
WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST PROBLEMS FACING THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT?
A shortage of manpower is the biggest problem the Sheriff’s Department faces. There are currently 32 openings for deputies department wide, and 13 openings for patrol deputies. A close examination of the budget to find ways to increase hiring would be my first priority. I would also like to reinstate the Reserve Deputy program as a force multiplier. Maintaining proper staffing insures quicker response time, more visibility and better, more thorough investigations. Another issue plaguing the department is poor morale. Work place culture can be transformed with the right leadership. I intend to lead from the front and roll up my sleeves to work alongside our deputies. I understand the importance of partnering with officers to provide mentorship, additional training and support.
WHAT DISTINGUISHES YOU FROM YOUR OPPONENTS?
My career encompasses a wide range of work experience in both the public and private sectors. I am not only a law enforcement professional with command experience; I am a retired Air Force Chief Master Sergeant (E9) with war-fighting experience and extensive fire-protection training. I have a Master’s Degree in Business and Organizational Security Management, and have worked as a security manager for high profile companies in the private sector. I am the only candidate who has worked as a police commander and most recently stepped back into a patrol car serving the citizens of Laramie County. In my most recent role on the street as Resident Deputy, I became aware of a variety of issues and areas that would benefit from a new approach, and I have listened to the concerns of county residents directly. My prior military, police, and corporate experience coupled with my boots on the ground service here in Wyoming has provided me with a unique perspective. I am and will remain in-touch, informed and involved. I would be honored to earn your vote for sheriff!
HOW CAN WE HELP YOU GET ON THE BALLOT?
Because I am running as an Independent, campaign laws require that I get 900 signatures to be added to the ballot. Watch for upcoming “Meet and Greets” and events on this website and on Facebook where signature pages will be available. Also, feel free to reach out by email! I’d be happy to meet you for coffee to get your signature and to talk more about my vision for the Sheriff’s Department.