The recent exchange between current Sheriff Adam Fortney and a Herald reporter puts a big question in my mind: If he can’t handle an expected question from a reporter without being quick to anger how can we expect him to handle the stresses and conflicts that face a county sheriff? (“Fortney to host far-right Arizona sheriff for campaign fundraiser,” The Herald, July 21)
He had to expect the question as he invited a person nationally known for controversial politics to a political fundraiser. A composed leader could have answered simply and moved the conversation along. Maybe the stresses of the job have gotten to Fortney. But certainly Snohomish County does not need a hot head leading the sheriff’s office.
It’s clear it is time for a change in leadership. There’s a reason that challenger Susanna Johnson has a truly staggering list of endorsements from law enforcement leaders. Johnson wouldn’t wither and feel threatened under standard questioning from a reporter. Her focus on building trust, community involvement, and employee investment is what will put the sheriff’s office on the right track. Johnson is the sheriff we both need and deserve.