I'm glad to see that my opponent has clarified his position on take home vehicles for commissioned officers. What's still a bit confusing are his plans, if elected, to take away the vehicles assigned to our jail superintendent and our emergency manager. This action conflicts with his own plans to "commission" these positions to gain additional support in the field.

Our jail supervisor has been trained and commissioned already. He has responded to and taken part in PACNET search warrants, transported arrestees to jail after backing up patrol in the field, made traffic stops himself, and joined in responses to Naselle Youth Camp escapes and other in-progress emergencies. In addition, he provides transports for adults and juvenile inmates to and from Cowlitz and Clatsop counties saving mileage charges if those had originated at our jail.

Our emergency manager is provided a vehicle as well. The concept here is identical. Emergencies cannot be scheduled. Our manager must be able to quickly respond to emergencies wherever they might occur in our county.

I have encouraged both positions to become involved in their respective state and national associations. The benefits returned in staying current in their specific positions have immeasurably helped us avoid risk-laden business practices such as filling our jail far over capacity as suggested by our opponent.

The fact that they both have four-wheel drive capability (Ford Expedition, Jeep Liberty) ensures that they will be there when we need them. Public safety has a price tag. I will not compromise your safety over politics.

John Didion

Naselle

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