My Leadership Philosophy
If elected, I will:
- Lead from the front — Roll-up sleeves alongside co-workers to get the job done. Address challenges in a straightforward way and support the people that work within the department.
- Embrace Accountability both personally and within the organization.
- Build Relationships — Create trust, encourage open dialogue, and maintain full transparency with fellow deputies, staff and the community.
- Motivate and Inspire employees to take action and engage employees with a strong mission and vision.
- Defend the Constitution— Stand alongside the citizens of Laramie County in defense of their constitutional rights.
In Touch — Informed — Involved …
what does that mean?
When any organization operates under the same leadership for a number of years, there can be a tendency for that organization to stagnate. While longevity in a role such as sheriff undoubtedly has its benefits, there can be a tendency to stick with the status quo and to do things they way they’ve “always been done” rather than questioning why we do things the way we do.
As your newly elected sheriff, I will bring fresh energy and perspective to the job. In my most recent role on the street as Resident Deputy in Laramie County, I became aware of a variety of issues and areas that would benefit from a new approach. I’ve witnessed the frustration of following a protocol that no longer works in light of the growing changes that are occurring in the county, and I have listened to the concerns of county residents directly. My pledge as sheriff will be to remain IN TOUCH — INFORMED — and INVOLVED.
- Giving my attention to law enforcement issues particular to Laramie County as well as issues facing rural policing nationwide.
- Maintaining regular communication with residents – adequately responding to their concerns.
- Remaining aware of “Best Practices” in law enforcement and employing changes in the areas where the department has fallen behind.
- Building strong relationships with deputies – addressing their questions and morale concerns and increasing training and mentorship.
- Receiving regular updates on calls for service and status of investigations
- Keep up to date on outcomes of calls for service and court cases.
- Monitor crime statistics in Laramie County –noting positive and negative trends and using these statistics to build community partnerships for improvement.
- Utilize feedback on public perceptions of the Department to effect change.
- Spend time on patrol – assisting deputies as needed.
- Invest time in the Jail – observing procedures and engaging with deputies and staff to improve operations.
- Engage with businesses, civic organizations, and stakeholders to gain input and provide better service.
- Participate in training with deputies.
The population of the county is increasing which will require the department to take an updated approach that is more responsive to that growth. Our department must put forth a corporate effort in which the entire community ‒ police and non-police ‒ work together to co-create a safe environment that provides valid opportunities for each person to meaningfully contribute to the betterment of our city and county.