Vail Daily letter: Preparing for Worlds
Ryan Summerlin July 8, 2014
Recently an article in the Vail Daily noted that my opponent, James Van Beek, and I should be getting involved in the preparations for the Alpine World Ski Championships, which are scheduled to take place in February of 2015. I think it is important for the community to understand that as a police commander in Vail I have been involved with the planning process for some time now as a member of the 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships Safety and Security Committee. As a committee member, some of my assignments have been to assist devising patrol staffing models during events, participate in event management training by the FBI, assist in developing responses to all sorts of hazards that might present themselves during the games, write a draft of an operational manual and to schedule countywide training that will include all law enforcement agencies, fire departments, emergency medical services and private security that will be involved.
I was originally hired as the police commander in Vail from a pool of 90 candidates from around the nation, some of whom were police chiefs. One of the reasons I was chosen was I had extensive experience in events in Florida such as the Daytona 500, Bikeweek, Biketoberfest, Daytona Beach Spring Break, coordinating hurricane disaster responses from the County Emergency Operations Center, and providing law enforcement strategic and investigative support to the security leaders at Walt Disney World. After being hired, I was asked to put that experience to work here in Eagle County and became a member of the Special Events Review Committee in Vail planning such events as the Burton US Open, GoPro Games, USA Pro Challenge, and many other events of a smaller scale. Planning these events involved partnering with event promoters, other town departments, and businesses to ensure these events were not only safe but successful for all involved and profitable.
I brought considerable law enforcement experience with me when I became the police commander in Vail and have used those skills in Eagle County law enforcement. Not only am I ready to take office and step into the 2015s, but am ready to take office and handle any challenge that threatens the safety and quality of life in Eagle County. If you want a sheriff who is ready to take charge and hit the ground running, I am asking for your support and your vote.