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February 21, 2014
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Treated poorly

According to the writer Guenter Grass, “The job of a citizen is to keep his mouth open.”

I am a 42-year resident of Eagle County. Last year I pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. After my alcohol evaluation interveiw with an Eagle County Probation Department employee, I left a message for the department supervisor, Brian Lynch, asking for him to call me to discuss how his employee handled the interview. Supervisor Lynch did not call me.

On Jan. 30, I sent a certified letter to supervisor Lynch requesting a meeting. Mr. Lynch called me on Feb. 5 to tell me he received the letter. he refused to meet with me.

The arrogance displayed by a public employee not returning a phone call and refusing to meet with me is shocking. All supervisors should be interested in learning about interactions their employees have with citizens.

Does he feel he is above reproach? Does he feel he can do whatever he wants? Shouldn’t he be accountable to the citizens who pay taxes to pay his salary?

Unfortunately, as Lord Acton noted to Parliament in 1770, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

A prime example of this is the manner supervisor Lynch has treated a citizen of Eagle County

Rich Brown


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