Letter - Sheriff Turner misleads with statistics


According to information in some of the letters to the editors, Sheriff John Turner’s campaign materials and the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office website, crime was reduced in 2013 by 19.4 percent. This is false, a lie and misleading.

Turner states he got his data from the National Incident Based Reporting System. The key word here is “reporting.” There has been a 19.4 percent drop in the number of reported crimes, not actual crimes, not solved crimes, not investigated crimes — just reported crimes.

Why doesn’t the public feel like they trust Turner enough to report crimes?

This same report goes on to list the following crimes at zero. Incest, human trafficking, bribery, embezzlement extortion and stolen property were all reported to not have occurred in 2013. Really!

Does he think the citizens of Walla Walla are that naive to believe that no child was molested, no person sold for labor or organ harvesting and no property was stolen? I think Turner needs to go back to school to learn how to read a chart.

And as for Turner “giving back money to the taxpayers every year he’s been in office” — that is also misleading.

According to the Walla Walla County Auditor’s Office (the same website Turner has quoted), the sheriff’s budget expenditures increased nearly $500,000 since Turner was elected.

In fact, the budget had to be amended last year to reflect a $100,000 expense by the sheriff for professional services and a $120,000 increase for risk pool management (my guess because of all the attorney fees the county had to spend to deal with the unfair labor practices against the sheriff).

Maybe Turner needs to take an accounting class and learn the definition of “giving back.”

Oh, and let me also mention the statement that the K-9s are not costing the taxpayers any money. According to the same Auditor’s Office website, Turner has added a line item for canines the last two budget years at $4,000 and also money for his friends at Search & Rescue, a volunteer organization that claims to operate simply with donations and member dues.

I’m not buying what he’s selling and neither should the voters of Walla Walla.

Jesse Goodwater



bright.sa 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Two Sheriff's Deputies for a total of $4,000 - I will take that deal any day of the week and I say that as a Walla Walla county taxpayer.


cropcircles 11 months, 2 weeks ago

That's not their salaries that's the initial monies Turner wAnts for upkeep of the dogs. Their salaries of about 60000 each are listed too in the budget So is that a good deal? 120,000 plus benefits, and extra money for the dogs ? Turner said zero. It's not zero. He should stop lying and tell the truth.


GeneandCassie 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Here is a link to a good book on the subject of Statistics:


Written in the 1950's, its still pertinent today for 'helping interpret the numbers.....'


campbell_rd 11 months, 1 week ago

This article is extremely misleading, it gives no real facts, it doesn't really do anything but sling mud at a great Sheriff. Who among us really believes that the Sheriff's office doesn't record each reported crime? The crimes are reported via 911 (dispatch) mostly. This would have to be a huge conspiracy, yet no proof that any crimes are being unreported or hidden in some way. As for the budget, is there anyone here who hasn't had to increase their budget in the last four years? Show us exactly where he overspent the budget.


mythoughts 11 months, 1 week ago

Budgets have to increase for things like cost of living wage increases that the Sheriff has no control over. I think it is actually a positive for the Sheriff that the same old people that don't get their way continue to spread half truths. The citizens of Walla Walla County are smart. They are going to do the research and see through these ugly insinuations and vote for the most qualified....John Turner.


mythoughts 10 months ago

Research the Sheriff candidates instead of listening to rumors and half truths. Here are some links to go to:

Link to the Sheriff Candidates Forum that was held in Touchet June 24, 2014.

Here are the links to the interviews done by the radio station KUJ. Just scroll down the page until you find each candidate (John Turner, Barry Blackman, Tom Cooper). http://kujam.com/common/page.php?id=52


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