Susannah Johnson has experience for job of sheriff

Citizens of Snohomish County deserve to have law enforcement officers that they can trust and respect. This is something that many of us feel we have not had since the current sheriff came into office. Many of us have lost all trust and confidence in our law enforcement officers and its current leadership.

This election year has finally arrive, and with it the opportunity to choose someone with true leadership skills and abilities, someone who has integrity and credibility amongst her peers, and someone who has an actual plan for making the sheriff’s office an integral part of the community again.

I believe Susannah Johnson is that leader. Johnson’s 33-year career has brought her up through the ranks from patrol to bureau chief. I first met her years ago when she had a K-9 partner. She has experience with the Regional Drug Task Force, Office of Professional Accountability, and Sheriff’s Department Operations. She has the education, training, and experience to steer the sheriff’s department in a positive direction.

A decorated public servant, she has been endorsed by every former sheriff in Snohomish County for her integrity and loyalty. Getting smart on crime will be a priority as we recognize and come to grips with the reality that mental illness, housing instability, and even drug addiction, are not crimes. I encourage my fellow citizens to find out more about Susannah Johnson; take a minute to consider what is best for the future of Snohomish County, and vote!

Julie McDonald


Talk to us

More in Opinion

Editorial cartoons for Monday, Dec. 4

A sketchy look at the news of the day.… Continue reading

civic health white board
Editorial: Improving civic health starts by coming to table

Efforts locally and at the state level seek to counter the incivility that has mired public discourse.

From the bodycam footage of Everett police officer Ryan Greely and footage from Molly Wright, Wright films officer Greely before he arrests her for obstructing a law enforcement officer on Aug. 10, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Screenshot from a video provided by Molly Wright)
Editorial: Duties on both sides of camera during arrests

The right to record police activity is clear, but so is the need to respect the safety of officers and others.

Macro photo of tooth wheel mechanism with imprinted RECEIVE, GIVE concept words
Editorial: Get back into charitable habit for Giving Tuesday

Inflation sapped donations for charities last year; things may be looking up this year for more.

Comment: Officials, citizens can make pledge to build bridges

Two Snohomish County Council members are calling on all to work past incivility in our public lives.

Comment: Mukilteo needs traffic cameras for safety, less noise

Drivers are routinely exceeding speed limits as they pass a school and parks on Mukilteo Speedway.

Wintertide Lights a seasonal event for all

It wasn’t clear whether the writer of a recent letter to the… Continue reading

Rebates coming to help switch from gas to electric in homes

Thanks for publishing the recent commentary regarding the health effects of gas… Continue reading

Editorial cartoons for Sunday, Dec. 3

A sketchy look at the news of the day.… Continue reading

President Richard Nixon hears from his national security advisor Dr. Henry Kissinger, on the South Portico of the White House, Sept. 16, 1972. Kissinger reported on his travels which included trade talks in Moscow and peace talks with the North Vietnamese in Paris. (AP Photo)
Comment: Kissinger’s ‘realpolitik’ left a tortured global legacy

A presidential adviser for decades, his focus on economic and military might had dire consequences.

Kathy Solberg
Forum: Weaving our community efforts creates our social fabric

We have many opportunities to contribute to our community, efforts we can see and take pride in.

Dan Hazen
Forum: Nuanced thinking is helpful, when applied to all issues

Our problem isn’t in recognizing an issue’s complexity but in seeing the bias in our own ‘movie’s script.’

Support local journalism

If you value local news, make a gift now to support the trusted journalism you get in The Daily Herald. Donations processed in this system are not tax deductible.