I am a Walla Walla native, born and raised, and I have served the people of Walla Walla County as a deputy of the Walla Walla Sheriff’s Office for over seven years.
I rarely, if ever, concern myself with politics. This year is different, and this campaign for sheriff is different. I feel the need to speak up in support of John Turner, our current sheriff.
The 12-hour shifts that deputies voted for have in no way caused morale issues with me. Nor have I seen this within my squad or on other squads.
If there is blame for long hours it would fall on the deputies. Sheriff Turner has only supported our decision to work a 12-hour shift. He truly has our best interests at heart.
The training and equipment we have received in the past 3½ years give each of us deputies the best chance to go home to our loved ones at the end of shift. The support staff, specifically former-Undersheriff Edward Freyer and current Chief John King, have been huge assets.
This letter is in no way meant to degrade the other sheriff candidate. It is simply showing my support for Sheriff Turner and the staff he has appointed.
Many of the things mentioned in the forums and in previous articles lack the truth. I do not stand alone when I say I am happy serving with and working for the current sheriff.