I have been with the Sheriff's Office for 17 years, two of them as a reserve deputy certified through the Criminal Justice Training Commission. I have been a resident of Walla Walla County for 35 years, coming here from California.
I have been a detective for 5 1/2 years and I have investigated several employee thefts and conducted numerous background checks of prospective county employees. I have compiled several cases that deal in facts and evidence to present to the Prosecuting Attorney's Office. There is a difference between mudslinging and fact. None of my cases have ever been won with mudslinging.
I have seen the documentation that Jerry Votendahl refers to in his letter to the editor dated Oct. 20. I read the letter prepared by John Turner (undated) signed by Debora Zalaznik, which is posted on the U-B website. I have seen documentation to refute most, if not all of, Mr. Turner's response to his employment from 2004 through 2008.
Ms. Zalaznik states in her letter to the editor dated Oct. 19 saying her firm only prepared income tax statements of Ash Hollow, not daily bookkeeping and accounting services. With no firsthand knowledge, how would she be able to attest to the fact that there were no misappropriations of funds?
The fact that Mr. Turner got a top-security clearance is insignificant. The bank records for Ash Hollow were not subpoenaed by the military. The military would have contacted the one person who Mr. Turner would have put down as a reference. Everyone knows you put down references on your resume from people who speak well of you. What's most important in a background check is that you contact people who are not listed as references.
One would ask why we are hearing about it now. Simple, Mr. Turner left the country and was not a current problem for Ash Hollow.
When key investors heard Mr. Turner was running for county sheriff, they felt they needed to provide the information to the public. No matter the outcome of the election, I feel this is not the last we will be hearing about the Ash Hollow incident. Our next sheriff should start his tenure without questionable ethics.