Letters to the Editor

Supports Brad Fincher for San Juan County sheriff

I have had the pleasure of working with Brad Fincher for over 11 years and am pleased to vote for him for San Juan County sheriff.

Brad has a high standard of integrity. He treats everyone that crosses his path with dignity regardless of their walk of life. He is respected by court staff, attorneys and defendants alike. He strongly holds offenders accountable, but does so in a manner that aims to inspire them to become better citizens. He embodies honorability and is a role model for others to do so.

Brad is also calm under pressure. When a tenuous situation escalates in court, he deflates the conflict with aplomb. I’ve been thankful for his authoritative presence on more than one occasion.

Brad has been in the field of criminal justice for over a decade. In 1999, he set up and ran the work crew for the Sheriff’s Department, not only saving the county substantial cost, but rehabilitating and holding appropriate offenders accountable to the community as an alternative to simply housing them in jail. He also wisely declined work crew for some offenders who needed additional incarceration. He then followed in Sheriff Bill’s footsteps and became a probation officer, overseeing hundreds of probationers.

Through these positions, Brad has acquired first-hand knowledge of budgetary oversight, the integral workings of court, constitutional procedures necessary to secure justice and the spirit and letter of the laws he will be required to enforce to keep our community safe.

Our sheriff is not simply a “top cop.” Our sheriff plays a critical role in the framework of our community and must be adept in public appearances and interactions as well as behind-the-scenes management and investigation. Brad is articulate and composed and is also a great listener. He is not intimidated by difficult situations. His input and opinion is often sought by the court and his position consistently represents thorough research and thought.

Brad’s temperament, the fresh perspective he brings to the department, his excellent communication skills and his wide breadth of criminal justice knowledge and experience will serve us well as sheriff and as a community leader.

Join me in voting for Brad Fincher for sheriff.

Joan Pedrick, attorney at law
Friday Harbor

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