As a former lieutenant with more than 12 years of service with this agency, I'm writing to express my support for J. Riley Hodges for sheriff of Franklin County.
I have known Riley since 2004 and was fortunate to serve alongside him in a wide variety of law enforcement situations. I've witnessed his professional development over the years, leading by example when directing personnel and resources in emergencies, training officers and collaborating with others to solve critical problems facing our community.
Riley is moral and ethical, and I hold his integrity in the highest regard. I'm confident he can solve issues plaguing the current department's leadership, including estrangement from numerous local agencies that serve our citizens, deputy pay compression, and restoring the grievance process afforded other county employees under the human resources plan.
It's time for new leadership in the sheriff's office that can rebuild employee morale and bring its hard-working staff to a new level of teamwork to ensure success. On Nov. 5, I encourage you to vote for J. Riley Hodges for sheriff of Franklin County.
Brandt R. Gawor