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Vail Daily letter: Hoy no longer credible

William McCarthy
Gypsum, CO Colorado
letters@vaildaily.com

In the recent Republican primary, Sheriff Hoy barely beat out challenger Charles Wolf, a virtual unknown who had only lived here for 21⁄2 years. During that election process, Hoy touted his managerial and budget expertise as foremost reasons voters should re-elect him. Let’s consider:

It is generally known that the Sheriff’s Office is managed by Undersheriff Jeff Layman, Capt. Kaufman, three lieutenants and several sergeants, whose combined salaries are approximately $1,030,589 plus cars and benefits. This information is provided by county Controller’s Office and Sheriff’s Office payroll records.

The department has overspent its annual budget consistently, with a record-breaking $10,372,178 in 2009. Since the primary, Hoy has been telling us that he is in need of outside counsel to assist him in managing this expense structuring. At one point, he told us he was considering an outside consulting firm for $30,000 but then decided to confer locally with “four private sector business executives” to advise him. Apparently, eight years of on-the-job training were not enough for him to comprehend his managerial and budget expertise.



told us he was considering an outside consulting firm for $30,000 but then decided to confer locally with “four private sector business executives” to advise him. Apparently, eight years of on-the-job training were not enough for him to comprehend his managerial and budget expertise.

Hoy has told us that personnel expenses represent 68 percent of his budget (Vail Daily, Aug. 5). He now tells us that “we have now reduced the overall staffing of the organization to below 2005 levels” (Vail Daily, Oct. 12). Unfortunately, this is not correct! The controller’s office confirms today (Oct. 14) that the department has a total of 94 employees, and at the end of 2005, there were exactly 83.



Finally, in the same Vail Daily articles, on Oct. 12, Hoy tells us, “In the next few weeks you will learn more about our budget and operations plans for 2011.” Apparently, that information will not be available to us until after the election! I have voted for Joe Hoy in two prior elections – I will not do so again. I will vote for James van Beek.


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