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Yes, let the Albany Herald follow both candidates for a week, a month, a year. Let the people know why Cheshire's biggest supporters is a bar and pretty much every other felon in the county. But I'm sure you know this already. Four complaints from one delusional person is hardly newsworthy. The Albany Herald could see through it and so will the majority of Lee County.
You are correct, maybe it should be policy, but until a proper policy is in place I don't think it is fair to condemn someone for making an educated decision. The Sheriff knows the fence business and is related to more than one company. It is worth a policy change at best, NOT worth getting a new Sheriff, not even close. Sheriff Rachals is a GREAT Sheriff.
This is absolutely true..."Four years ago, we (the voters of Lee County) thought that Rachals would be a marked improvement in the sheriff’s position, and we believe he has been exactly that in his first term. We recommend that Lee County voters give Rachals a new term as sheriff to continue the work he has started."
Let's get to the polls.....we need the people to vote for what is right.....Tuesday!
Put whatever "political" spin you would like on this situation. But consider a more realistic approach please. I shop regularly, and if I already have knowledge of a well made product that I have used and trusted for years I am going to buy that product each time without question regardless of what may appear to be a few cents cheaper that will probably cost a fortune in repairs in the long run. This is not a fly- by- night fence company. MidSouth has been around for as long as I can remember and I am no spring chicken. Sheriff Rachals knows this company in and out and would not put his future in jeopardy so an already well established company can get one fence job. That $20,000 fence job is a drop in the bucket compared to some of MidSouth's contracts. Why would Sheriff Rachals, an accomplished Sheriff, take a chance on a company he knows nothing about? Personally, would rather go with what I know is good and trustworthy. That is called making "an educated decision".
I would like to take the time to thank Claudia Tupper for making this very valid point. The Lee County Sheriff's Office is like a family that welcomes its citizens as its family as well. And just like family, we do not always agree with everything that the family members do or say. But at the end of the day, we get the job done. We do it to the best of our ability. In an elected position, such as the Sheriff, sometimes it is best to hire people that you trust, people that will back you up. We work in a job where it is imperative to work with others that you trust with your LIFE, because it is inevitable that this LIFE will be threatened in this job. So, when it comes to unreliable people in this line of business they are NOT welcome. In the grand scheme of things we work for the people of this county, we work to protect and serve, we absolutely must TRUST in those we work beside. Otherwise, it is a fruitless effort and all of the people in this community would be in jeopardy. I do not trust David Cheshire because he has no idea what trust or family loyalty is about. For those of you that do understand, vote for the man that has given his heart and soul to his family, to his community, and to his employees. Vote for Reggie Rachals, July 31st.
Criminal Investigations Division
Lee County Sheriff's Office since 2005
Here is some insight: things that were not mentioned from someone that worked in this jail and truly understands the necessary requirements. Unfortunately, this type of job is one that requires all positions to be filled at all times in order to insure the safety and security of the officers and inmates alike. It is obvious that Mr. Blanchard needs employment that is more flexible to the needs of of his family. Law enforcement jobs require indiciduals who must work days, nights, holidays, mandatory overtime, mandatory training, skills requirements, and when disaster strikes "WE ALL MUST WORK", and on call schedules, just to name a few. This job did not work out for Mr. Blanchard. It was not a personal attack on his child, therefore, all parties should move on from this argument. There are many people that can say this type of job is not for them. Some people cannot make the necessary sacrifices that come with this type of career. The Blanchard's have endured more than most parents in raising Easton, their compassion and love for him is astounding. However, this is not a platform that should be blamed on Sheriff Rachals. It is not his fault. It is no one's fault. It simply did not work out and never will.
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