Summit County Sheriff
John Minor was appointed in January by the Summit Board of County Commissioners and beat a Republican opponent in the Aug. 10 primary. He is running unopposed Nov. 2 to retain the seat.Work History: I started my career in law enforcement working for the Summit County Sheriffs Office in 1990 as a detentions deputy. Shortly thereafter I transferred to patrol and left the Summit County Sheriff’s Office to work for the Silverthorne Police Department in 1993.Education: Graduated from Green Mountain High School class of 1984. Associate of Applied Science degree in criminal justice, Red Rocks Community College. One of my personal goals is to finish my undergraduate degree in criminal Justice.Family: My wife Kristy is a stay-at-home mom and a Girl Scout leader. She was a former law enforcement officer, and we have been happily married for 13 years. I have two wonderful daughters, Keeley, age 7, and Holly, age 5. Both attend Summit Cove Elementary School. Community Service: Worked with the Silverthorne Adopt an Angel Program since its inception. Last year the program coordinated 60 volunteers and delivered dozens of presents to over 300 children. Involved with the Girl Scouts of America and participated in the following programs: Safe Summer Kick Off Program, Bike Give Away Program, Silverthorne cleanup day, Library reading program.Political History: When it comes to politics I am a novice. I believe this is an advantage since I am always questioning why things are done the way they are.Public Life Accomplishments: I was appointed by Gov. Bill Owens to serve on the Peace Officer Standards & Training Board. I was the first sergeant in the state to ever be appointed to this board. One of the things I enjoyed the most was the teamwork that was involved in the Adopt An Angel Program in Silverthorne. This was a wonderful experience and required numerous people and volunteers to make it happen. The reward was the smiles on the kids’ faces when you show up at their home with a bunch of presents.Favorite President and why: I admire many former presidents, but probably my favorite was Teddy Roosevelt because he was “Trust Buster,” a Nobel Peace Prize winner, led a charge with the Rough Riders at the Battle of San Juan, and was a great conservationist. He was tough and he had a vision. – “Speak softly and carry a big stick.” (Teddy Roosevelt)Hobbies: Fly-fishing, mountain biking, trap shooting (still a rookie at this, but improving). At one time I enjoyed riding my Harley, now I have a nice mini-van instead!QWhy are you running for office?AFrankly, this was just a dream. I always wanted to return to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office and someday serve as sheriff. The Sheriff’s Office had a reputation as a well “managed” office; I felt it was time to change that and make it into a well-led organization that was committed to serving this community above and beyond what was done in the past. I further felt the need for more direct citizen involvement in the organization. If we disconnect with the citizens we serve, we stand the chance of becoming a self-serving organization. That was unacceptable to me. QWhat are the three biggest issues facing the Sheriff’s Office and what do you see as solutions?A1) Recruitment and retention: Like all public entities, we struggle finding qualified applicants and retaining them for an extended period of time. Pay, benefits and cost of living all factor into this equation. The county government is doing the best they can, but like all public entities, we do a balancing act between providing services and the cost of providing these services. It will always be a constant battle.2) Improving communications between the respective divisions: I felt that we had two police departments working for the Sheriffs Office – operations and detentions. It seemed like communication was lacking and we were competing for the same resources. Communication has improved due our Internal Morale Survey. We do address issues as they arise, and our command staff all have open door policies. Things have improved greatly, but there is always room for improvement.3) Community outreach: I feel we need to reach out to our community and other stakeholders more than we have in the past. So far we have worked closely with the school district with the TRAK-IT Program for at Risk Youth, and the new crisis response plan. We have worked closely with the county commissioners and the county manger with the Local Emergency Operating Plan, and we are partners with the ambulance service on their AED Grant. This grant will enable us to place an AED unit in every police vehicle in the county and some public locations as well. This may save lives. We have also established a citizens advisory committee to hold me accountable and to solicit direct feedback from those we serve. The Chaplaincy Program is slowly moving forward. Pending projects include the Responsive Alarm Management Program, and a youth soccer program for at-risk kids. Of course, we continue with our established programs, including Kid Print, the School Resource Officer Program and many more.Although we have accomplished many things in a short period of time, we still have more work to do in this area.
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