Monday, July 16, 2012
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As I read the article on the front page of the Albany paper on July 8, 2012, I diligently searched for any information that would lead me to want to change the Lee County sheriff. I tried to find information as to whether Mr. Cheshire would be an improvement. The article was full of alleged accusations, but none of them of any substance. Do we need a sheriff that fabricates things that are trivial?
Mr. Rachals has served Lee County for many years as a deputy and for the last four years as our sheriff. He has utilized the drug recovery program to help keep the expenses down in his department. He works well with the State Patrol and other law enforcement agencies in our area. I can personally guarantee the citizens of Lee County that he makes decisions based upon what is best for Lee County. Sheriff Rachals's integrity is impeccable.
Sheriff Rachals has made many decisions in his execution of the office. His decisions affect all Lee County personnel. In fact, his decisions have benefited every citizen of Lee County. I am certain that each employee he hires has to meet many criteria, but the first question I can see Sheriff Rachals asking is is this person right for Lee County.
Mr. Cheshire's mention of three promotions under Sheriff Rachals's administration shows Sheriff Rachals's ability to look at the best in people and overlook past mistakes. His fairness to all people and his consistency in his treatment of people are two qualities needed in the Sheriff's Office.
Lee County needs to support Sheriff Rachals by allowing him to continue to serve its citizens. Lee County would do well to stand behind the quality of personnel in the sheriff's department.