If you weren’t able to attend the sheriff’s debate at Whitman College Wednesday night, you missed a great opportunity to hear all three candidates discuss some very important issues pertaining to the Walla Walla Sheriff’s Office and our community.
Tom Cooper and Barry Blackman discussed the low morale within the office, leadership by intimidation and half truths under the current administration. Exorbitant expenditures by the current sheriff were also discussed by both Cooper and Blackman.
Interestingly, Sheriff John Turner felt all was going pretty well.
Each candidate was provided the opportunity to submit a question to be asked of the other candidates. While Cooper and Blackman addressed issues of the campaign, the current sheriff’s question to his opponents was not a subject matter the other candidates would have been in a position to know the answer.
Turner only knew because he is currently the sheriff and as such, was provided the information by the state or Sheriff’s Association.
The question was just mean-spirited and he knew they were not in a position to know the answer to the question.
It was clear to many at the debate it was submitted to humiliate and embarrass his two opponents.
Cooper and Blackman’s allegations of Turner’s style of leadership by intimidation and retaliation appear to be spot on. I would consider this bullying Mr. Turner!