Snohomish County is now back in the old Democrat treadmill, having replaced an elected official with a pre-selected incumbent.
Well, this time there could be a difference. Since this is a non-partisan office vacancy, technically anyone can apply without party sanctions. The only fly in the pudding is the four to one party makeup on the County Council. They must think outside their party affiliations.
It is my opinion that with the news of yet another investigation into county affairs, this time the Sheriff’s Office management of the jail and its unseemly morbidity records, it is time to look heavily into recent management of that department.
In other words, how the directions of the sheriff contributed to the actual management and operational decisions of the exempt status management in the current operational shortcomings. With the perennial staffing shortages, created by former Sheriff Lovick’s empire-building, which resulted in pulling enforcement officers from rural county areas to staff municipal contracts, it appears that strategy isn’t working well for the county.
We need a sheriff who is engaged in all aspects of the county, active in community projects that serve all facets of our diverse factors and demographics, with sufficient shoe leather law enforcement experience to meld together a return to a high morale department. Someone with experience not only county-wide, but one that covers assignments with far-reaching responsibilities.
There seems to be only one candidate with those elements — Sgt. James T. Upton.