Letters to the Editor

We, the voters, will make up our own minds, thank you very much

We, the voters, will make up our own minds, thank you very much.

There is another way to look at this letter to the editor describing "no confidence" in Deputy Jeff Asher's candidacy for sheriff in 2010. It is logical to deduce the following:

A. Please correct me if I am mistaken. Undersheriff Zerby (the No. 1 signatory on the "group" letter), is a political appointee. He is likely not a competitive civil service appointee. This means that he serves the county at the good pleasure of the sheriff. He does not necessarily enjoy employment retention rights that other competitive civil servants enjoy when there is a change in leadership, whoever that might be in the upcoming election.

Everyone has the right to free speech under our system of government. It is reasonable to think that Zerby is concerned about his future job security here. As an outsider looking in, publicly stating opinions of doubt about any one candidate can work both ways with the voting public.

B. From an outside view, it may appear the other three signatories are under a management system of social approval/disapproval within the department, should they sign onto this editorial ambushing of Asher or not.

Imagine, if you will, that after serving San Juan County for over 20 years, you are confronted with sweeping generalizations about your capacities from a small minority of management and subordinate personnel. What gives? No explanation, just statements without elaboration designed to potentially "electioneer" the early process before the campaign is in full swing. Whose interests are served?

Jeff Asher is a 24+ year veteran of this department who has previously run for sheriff. Deputy Asher and his wife Diana have lived, worked and raised their family here. He has performed

admirably as a dispatcher, nighttime deputy, daytime deputy, detective, boat operator, dive team member, dive team lead trainer, etc. Jeff knows this county/department and many of us know him.

This organizations should rightfully celebrate all candidates in their running, step aside and let the general public decide for themselves without undue departmental influence. In fact, this

collective effort by uniformed staff is distastefully wrongheaded. Americans historically have a strong sense of fair play in electoral matters. You four should make your voice heard as individuals in private, in public, or at the ballot box.

Please, let the voters observe and consider all the candidates' platforms/campaigns in the process of this election and please do not impose upon our credulity about any one of the candidates. We are the voters and we are paying attention to this important election. We have

the intelligence to decide which candidate makes the most sense for the future of our Sheriff's Department here in San Juan County. Rest assured, we will cast our votes accordingly.

May the best candidate win! Given Asher's 24+ years of exemplary service and his tempered response (not reaction) to your letter to the editor, he has earned our votes.

Sincerely,

Scott F. Davis
Patricia Y. Davis
Friday Harbor

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