Vail Daily letter: Van Beek for sheriff |

Vail Daily letter: Van Beek for sheriff

What factors are most important when deciding which candidate to support for Eagle County sheriff? In my view, fairness, leadership, experience and a willingness to listen to the citizens are the most important qualities a sheriff can possess. I am supporting James Van Beek for Eagle County sheriff because he embodies all of these qualities. I have known James for seven years. He is a man of strong character and integrity. He treats everyone around him with respect and courtesy. This tells me he is a caring person who is capable of fairly administering justice on behalf of the public while also respecting the rights of the accused. And because James is a man of high integrity, he will not simply tell you what you want to hear to get elected, nor will he make commitments that are out of scope for the Sheriff’s Office.

In addition to all the qualities that make James a great person, his unique background of military and civilian service to both the country and the county make him qualified to lead the Sheriff’s Department. In his many leadership roles, James has set expectations of hard work, fairness and transparency, to which he has held his team, and himself, accountable. I would encourage you to research James’s career and see for yourself how committed he has been to serving the public.

James intends to bring the same level of commitment to the people of Eagle County. James will maintain an open dialog with the community and will work diligently with other government agencies to best serve Eagle County. A man of his word, I believe James will deliver on his commitments to Eagle County as sheriff. This is why I am supporting James Van Beek for sheriff!

Drew Raiford

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