As concerned citizens living in Walla Walla County, my wife, Allison, and I are writing this letter to help inform the community at large about our personal experience in working with Sheriff John Turner.
We first worked with John on “Reducing Gang Membership Through Prevention” here in Walla Walla. During that two-year study we came to know John on a variety of levels. We now consider him to be a good friend and we will be supporting him in his re-election campaign to continue as our county sheriff.
In working with John we observed several very important qualities that simply cannot be ignored when considering anyone for the office of county sheriff.
First, John is able to analyze and research problems at a high level. John’s legal background assures that any solution will be within the standards and constraints of Washington state law.
John engages and communicates well with all agencies of our county, city and state government. John reaches out to all segments of our citizens without prejudice or judgment.
Secondly, Sheriff Turner is able to cultivate his ideas and has taken action to ensure our community is protected 24 hours of the day and seven days a week. He manages his office well, staying within budget guidelines year after year. Any management team would be envious of John’s skills as a leader and manager.
Lastly, John has demonstrated his ability to set and accomplish goals, measuring progress and reporting back to the community through his regularly scheduled Round Table discussions.
A prime example of his knowledge and skill all coming together to benefit our community is his dream of forming a Sheriff Foundation to raise money for a single K9 unit.
The result is incredible.
Not only did Sheriff Turner partner with the community to form the foundation, he was able to purchase two K9 units that are now on patrol. In a recent K9 unit competition, our Walla Walla County K9 units finished first and second in the state of Washington.
We are asking you, the citizens of Walla Walla County, to join us in supporting Sheriff Turner in his bid for re-election. Please cast your vote in the Aug. 5 primary for Sheriff Turner.
Guy E. Gingell