Tom Cooper spoke to a group I am a member of recently. I was very impressed with his background, personality, goals, views on issues and résumé.
He possesses a significant amount of relevant experience, including 25 years in the local Sheriff’s Office, and excellent leadership qualities.
Mr. Cooper is intelligent, honest, fair, active in the community, nonpolitical and very concerned with public safety and the needs of the public.
He stated he will spend the taxpayers’ money wisely. His plans include the reinstatement of the G.R.E.A.T. (similar to D.A.R.E. but for gang prevention) and reserve officer programs, the hiring of bilingual officers, of which there are none (police have several), rotate deputies less frequently between 12-hour night and day shifts (WSU study shows this to be safer).
He also has a good heart, a love for our community and a desire to serve it well. I believe we should elect Cooper for sheriff.