Vail Daily letter: Van Beek for sheriff
July 15, 2010
I have known James Van Beek for 20 years and I have known his parents for even longer than that. James comes from a family who believed in service to their community and their church. His dad was on the board of the Gypsum Volunteer Fire District and was a deacon in his church. His parents were in the foster parent program caring for various children in the system for many years. It is this legacy of service and caring that James would bring to the Sheriff’s Office.
James was a deputy and then an investigator for the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office for many years. He worked in the all areas of the county including the Basalt-El Jebel area. James always knew a great many of the citizens in his patrol area and could probably tell you who their spouse and children were. There were times when people would call the Sheriff’s Office and specifically ask for James to be sent out to take care of their problem.
For the last few years James has been involved with training police forces in world trouble spots like Kosovo and Afghanistan. This work has given him a thorough knowledge of training processes and procedures.
While away from this country, James has stayed involved with his family. He converses daily with his wife and sons and is involved in the boys’ sports activities and school studies. He knows more details of his sons’ activities than some parents who are not a half a world away. James plans wonderful surprises for his wife for anniversaries and birthdays and makes sure she knows how important she is to him.
In light of full disclosure I must mention that James Van Beek is my son-in-law and a very good one. He treats me kindly and teases me unmercifully. I tell him that I am his “favorite” (albeit only) mother-in-law.
James would bring to the position of Eagle County sheriff years of law enforcement experience, a compassion for people, a sense of duty and service, and training and multi-tasking skills. We all will have a choice to make come Nov. 2. I would hope you too will make the right choice and support James Van Beek for Eagle County sheriff.
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