Vail Daily letter: Sticking with Hoy for sheriff
July 17, 2010
Having taken little interest in previous primaries or elections for Eagle County sheriff in nearly a dozen years of living here, I must confess to being more than amused by the current race.
To me, neither of the challengers has made a truly compelling case for themselves. It appears as if they simply wish to ride the national anti-incumbency wave and are asking us to oust our current sheriff from the race for little more than the sake of change.
In particular, I am concerned about the implications of the Charles Wolf’s candidacy. He has chosen to stay in his position in the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office while challenging for the position his boss holds.
It does not take much effort to imagine the divisiveness this choice could engender within the department. It can create camps within an organization that needs to act cohesively for our benefit. Staff and officers, by nature of being human, can find themselves taking sides, even if they do so unconsciously.
This can lead to confusion during the performance of certain aspects of their jobs as they are concerned about how a decision or action will be interpreted by the parties involved in the race and what that interpretation may mean for the security of their position depending on who wins. Not a comfortable position to find yourself in, especially in today’s employment market.
I feel that Charles Wolf could have demonstrated greater understanding of the dynamics that affect the men and women he seeks to lead by resigning his position and campaigning from the outside. Instead, it appears as if he wishes to have his cake and eat it too. What does that say about the way he would lead if elected?
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While it may be necessary (and indeed exciting political theater) to “throw the bums out” of certain political offices from time to time, i do not think that is the case in this primary. I have a great deal of respect for the members of the Sheriff’s Office that I have come in contact with and I believe that is attributable, at least in part, to their leadership. Joe Hoy will have my vote in this primary.