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Letter to the Editor: New Washoe sheriff doesn’t need to come from within

There has recently been much debate as to whether or not our next sheriff must come from within the walls of 911 Parr Blvd. I holler a resounding "no" to this argument.

I had the pleasure of working under five sheriffs in Washoe County (beginning and ending my career in Incline Village), all of whom were great people; however, the one sheriff, who was by far the most progressive leader that Washoe County had had, to that point, came from the "outside" — he was able to take a fresh pair of eyes and make unbiased decisions as to what needed to be done to improve operations and morale.

Every four or eight years, our entire country operates with someone coming from the "outside."

It is short sighted to make the argument that our next sheriff must come from within — to think that the employees and supervisors are incapable of educating a new sheriff is offensive.

It is not the sheriff, but the employees and volunteers who make the department run — passing the torch from one person to the next is nothing more than a dynasty.

This community needs a sheriff who is part of it, and has its best interests at heart.

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Mary Kelly

Incline Village