Letter to the Editor:
in the upcoming sheriff's election there is considerable discussion on providing 24 hour coverage. I understand both sides of this discussion as I have been there. What has got me thinking is that when I left the sheriff s offtce we were providing law enforcement services to several towns within the countv.
Also, the countv hired three (3) full time deputies which were to provide law enforcement services to the Meskwaki Indian Settlement. If my memory serves me correctly, the Meskwaki Settlement was paying Tama County between $150,000 and $200,000 for the services provided by the these three deputies.
Since we no longer provide this service to the Meskwaki Indian Settlement was there a reduction in the sheriffs budget or did we as tax payers just absorb that cost? It is my recollection that we maintained the same number of deputies.
Also, since September of 2011, the sheriff has requested and received approval to appoint six (6) paid reserve peace officers. Previous sheriffs maintained reserves which were volunteers that received no pay from the county. If the tax payers absorbed these expenses what are these three deputies and the paid reserves doing at this time to justify maintaining them on the county payroll. Perhaps they could be used to provide additional law enforcement coverage to the people who are paying their wages.
For these reasons I will vote for Brian Ellenbecker who says he will bring efficient management and effective law enforcement to the Tama County Sheriff s Office.
Tama County Sheriff Retired