Letters to the Editor

Dive team members endorse Asher for sheriff

We the undersigned are all of the current members of the San Juan County Sheriff’s Dive Rescue and Recovery Team.

Under Jeff Asher’s leadership, this dive team has gained a reputation as a competent and respected dive team among state and national rescue teams. Jeff has demonstrated to us the qualities and policies that he proposes to implement as sheriff, including careful personnel selection with an eye toward a commitment to excellence. He promotes skill development and retention as well as continued procedural review and assessment. Teamwork and personal accountability are hallmarks of Jeff’s leadership.

Jeff has also shown flexibility and resourcefulness in light of little or no funding of the dive team. In addition, we have seen how he stresses a civility in personal relations that we believe exemplifies the type of interaction law enforcement should have with the public.

We support Jeff Asher for sheriff with the firm conviction that he will bring to that office the same positive approaches and results that we have seen under his leadership.

Chris Betcher, dive team member 10 years
Jacob Betcher, dive team member 10 years
Ben Booth, dive team member 1 year
Gary Covington, dive team member 5 years
Robin Dyer, dive team member 10 years
Dave Grove, dive team member 12 years
Joaquin Hubbard, dive team member 5 years
Seth Kinney, dive team member 1 year
Kurt Long, dive team member 2 years
Jeff Morris, dive team member 6 years
Kurt Schwalbe, dive team member 12 years
Shelly Trepl, dive team member 12 years

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