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Sheriff’s employee backs Minor despite risk to her job if he loses

Jill Berman, Breckenridge

I write this letter from my home on my personal time and using my personal computer. After reading comments in the Daily July 27 that were included in an article about damage done in an attempted drug raid, “… repairing the public’s faith in the Sheriff’s Office – particularly before the Aug. 10 primary elections, in which Sheriff John Minor is pitted against former Sheriff’s Capt. Mike Phibbs …,” I am thoroughly outraged by the manner in which the Summit Daily has chosen to report and represent Sheriff Minor.What’s up with continuing that article on a page under an article about Joe Morales supporting Mike Phibbs? That was hardly a subtle layout. I can no longer remain silent and will now exercise my Constitutional right to express myself regarding the upcoming election for sheriff of our beautiful county. I currently work at the Sheriff’s Office as the sheriff’s assistant, having worked in that capacity since June 2000, and it has been one of the best working experiences of my life. With that in mind, my experience there includes working with former Sheriff Joe Morales, former Capt. Mike Phibbs, current Sheriff John Minor and Undersheriff Derek Woodman.I cannot thank Joe enough for giving me the opportunity to work with him and other members of our staff in serving the citizens of Summit County. I do it proudly and with true dedication. The choice as to who should be sheriff is clear as a bell to me. John has been in office since January of this year and the past seven months have flown by impressively, successfully.John has given our office a wonderful breath of fresh air and has stirred in an energetic new sense of pride and dedication in what we do. What we have accomplished under John’s direction is phenomenal. His strong character traits of empowering leadership, honesty, fairness, intelligence, incredible common sense, infectious energy, an unbiased approach, strength, responsibility, loyalty and thorough trustworthiness is displayed each and every day that he has been in office.Morale has increased substantially, especially in the jail, since John has been in office. The Board of County Commissioners did our community a tremendous service by appointing him as our sheriff. Under the leadership of Sheriff Minor and Undersheriff Woodman, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office will far surpass what has been accomplished in the past.Sure, Phibbs has a piece of paper that is supposed to represent his education in criminal justice, but that’s all it is – a piece of paper. An inanimate object does nothing to represent character and ability. Yes, I am quite clear and aware of the risk I take in writing this letter if John does not win the election, but it far outweighs the risk of his opponent becoming sheriff. I might also add that it is a strong statement by many of our employees when they do not wish to be vocal in fear of retaliation if John does not remain in office. Ethically, I personally can not remain silent any longer.Jill BermanBreckenridge

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