I was thrilled to see the U-B article about Tom Cooper in Tuesday night’s paper. It’s time the public see the truths of Tom Cooper’s dedication and many commitments to the Sheriff’s Office and the Walla Walla community.
The numerous slanderous and biased letters to the editor about Tom have been written by folks who have been blinded by untruths and misinformation. He is a deputy of the highest standards.
It is unfortunate that his talent to serve in another capacity within the office while recovering from a work-related injury has been prohibited by an administration that is unable to set aside personal bias for the good of the community.
Tom is educated to be a sheriff and is the candidate with the greatest number of Washington state law enforcement certifications. He has worked in multiple phases of the Sheriff’s Office in his 25-year career.
It is clear Tom has an enormous amount of respect for the deputies and he has represented them for over 15 years as a negotiator and as president of their labor union. He will lead by mentoring, not by intimidation or retaliation.
He has a vision for the Sheriff’s Office. He sees the need and will strive to have qualified, bilingual administration and deputies to strengthen the ability to serve our community.
His goal is to bring unity to a fractured staff that has not existed in nearly four years. He will focus on restoring fiscal responsibility to the office.
Tom Cooper is the man for the sheriff’s job.