To the Editor,
To the people of Lenawee County, the election of a new sheriff on Nov. 4 is nearly as important as the election of a new President of our country. It is vitally important that the top law enforcement executive of our County be the very best. This is not a Republican or Democrat issue, but a matter of placing responsible leadership, integrity and professionalism in the Sheriff’s office. There’s only one such candidate available that meets those criteria who has the knowledge, proven experience and skills to be our next Sheriff, and that’s Jack Welsh.
Jack started his law enforcement career as a reserve officer in 1973 and soon advanced to a full time position as a Jail Officer and over the next 33 years served in nearly every law enforcement and administrative position available in the Sheriff’s Office, including road patrol, several command officer positions, retiring in 2007 after serving as Captain in charge of field services and central dispatch, acting Undersheriff and Jail commander.
The last year and a half have been spent sharpening his skills in Emergency Management. The extent of his training and accompolishments over his 33 years is impressive. He understands budgets, personnel administration, jail administration and has the ability to work with all of our county elected officials and their staffs. He has a reputation for fairness. His record is unblemished, his integrity high, respected not only by Sheriff employees but by other law enforcement and public safety personnel, including the Michigan State Police, municipal police and citizens in general.
It’s no surprise that Jack Welsh is endorsed by the County Police Chiefs, two major Sheriff Dept. labor organizations, County Fire Chiefs, the majority of county fire fighters and law enforcement personnel since they all recognize the importance of electing an individual of Jack’s character, experience and ability to provide a high caliber of leadership in our Sheriff’s office.
Please don’t overlook the importance of this election. Join me in voting for Jack Welsh as the next Sheriff of Lenawee County.
Sheriff Richard Germond, Retired