On February 12, 2019 the Navajo County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution to bring the question of approving a jail district before voters on August 27, 2019. This is an important question being asked of the voters of Navajo County and this is why I am offering my support and education on this issue.
Having worked in law enforcement in Navajo County for 10 years, I have nearly worked in every community within the county providing law enforcement services. In doing this I have meet several citizens within these communities who have always supported their local law enforcement officers and deputies and shown great support to their public safety agencies.
Citizens realize we don’t live in the big cities with a large tax base for state-of-the-art equipment, vehicles, radios or even compensation for the officers. Here in Navajo County we have always worked with what we have. Deputies and officers do an excellent job with what they get. In the past 10 years I have seen our communities grow. With this growth also comes increased call for services and more responsibilities on our Sheriff’s Office. During the past 10 years the Sheriff’s Office hasn’t increased it deputy positions, it has worked with the same levels as in the past.
As long as I have been working in Navajo County I have seen deputies and detention officers find several ways to save money and learn to do more with less. We are at a point where we are now losing positions and our responsibilities and calls for services are increasing. This coming year Navajo County is going to have to find a way to do their job with seven less positions and possibly 7 fewer the next fiscal year unless the county can find funding to support these services. Navajo County is tying to do more work with less positions than in the past.
I am asking for your support in helping officers keep Navajo County safe. Help us respond to 911 calls in a timely manner and help ensure our homes and schools stay safe. This is why I am asking for your support in voting YES on Proposition 421.