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To the editor:
I am composing this letter in regards to the upcoming sheriff’s election and in support of Rob Haley for sheriff.
I have worked with Sheriff Haley in a professional capacity for approximately 14 years to date. First, I worked in the capacity of a Social Worker II for the Iowa Department of Human Services (5 years), then, a Juvenile Court Officer II for Juvenile Court Services (6 years), and presently, I am employed as a Probation Parole Officer II for the Department of Correctional Services, serving – amongst other counties – Ringgold County.
Within these capacities, I have found Sheriff Haley to work diligently beside me, assisting within his capacity when necessary and needed. He has been, and continues to be, a reliable colleague. You must understand that my career path does not always put me in a position to be a well-liked individual and I have witnessed Sheriff Haley assist within his professional role while performing his duties with the utmost level of professionalism and respect. Sheriff Haley truly services the residents of this county.
I have observed, over the years, the relationships between Ringgold County law enforcement and our outer and surrounding counties’ law enforcements to become stronger. This is crucial, as teamwork is vital to better serving all residents of these areas. Relationship building between county lines has been something that Sheriff Haley has been extremely successful at accomplishing. As a professional serving within multiple counties around our fine county, I would be more than willing to have a discussion with anyone questioning the importance of these relationships, should you desire to do so.
Sheriff Haley has also been present on a personal level for me and my family. After experiencing a house fire, destroying all of our belongings, possessions, and our house, Sheriff Haley, along with several members of the Ringgold County Sheriff’s Department, reached out to us. I distinctly recall him brining handmade cards and notes, authored and illustrated by his children. It brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it. My family will never forget this. This tragic event ironically finally made us feel at home. We knew that Ringgold County would be our forever home and we knew that we were dealing with some of the finest community members this state has to offer.
In closing, I would like to leave you all with a thought, on behalf of all law enforcement. It is not fair to expect others outside the field to understand what it is truly like to be a law enforcement officer. It is easy to assume, that the reoccurring traumas that these professionals are exposed to while protecting and serving all of us just get left at the office upon arrival home to their loved ones. Please remember that this is not the case. Law enforcement vicariously carries these traumas with them, likely for the rest of their lives. They carry each of these traumas while continuing to protect all of us. And, they do this while continuing the desire to protect and serve their county.
Please be kind,