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Kind of leadership we don’t need in ICSO

Letter to the Editor

We need strong leadership more than ever, leaders who do the right thing for the right reason. That’s why I want to comment on the Idaho County sheriff’s race.

Last year, Sergeant Martinez was off duty, in his personal vehicle driving on Highway 12. He was clocked by one of his deputies doing over 80 mph in a 55 mph zone. Not knowing who it was the deputy turned on his lights and began pursuit. Sergeant Martinez, realizing he was going to be pulled over, phoned the deputy and said, “Leave me alone, I’m going to get dinner.” The deputy obeyed the orders of his superior, as he was taught to do, and left his boss to speed down the road for dinner. Another encounter by a man I know was down by Orofino. Martinez passed him off duty, again in his personal vehicle, on a double yellow line going into a blind corner. When my friend attempted to make contact with Martinez, he waved his law enforcement badge out the window and sped off in a 50 mph zone at approximately 70 mph. These are prime examples of Mr. Martinez believing he’s above the law. He wants to enforce the law but doesn’t think it applies to him.

That, my friends, is exactly the kind of leadership we don’t need. That is not the kind of administration we want in our sheriff’s office. I’m not into smear politics, and obviously neither is our current sheriff, but I cannot sit by while people attempt to portray this kind of conduct as “moral and honest.” This is why I’ve chosen to speak up, and also why I wholeheartedly support Doug Giddings for sheriff; an honest upstanding man, who knows how to handle the many different aspects that face one of the largest counties in the nation. The last thing we need is to vote in a man who’s above the law and wants to be sheriff simply because he thinks it’s his turn. These accounts can be verified by witnesses.

Jared Dickson



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