Park County Sheriff's Election 2018

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Mountain-News-Events replied the topic: Park County Sheriff's Election Questions and Answers 09 Feb 2018 10:13 #11

Answers to the same 30 questions from Tom McGraw and Steve Spodyak:

Tom McGraw:

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Mountain-News-Events replied the topic: Park County Sheriff's Election Questions and Answers 09 Feb 2018 10:24 #12

A bit of background: there is a Facebook Group called Park County Election 2018 (which we help admin, for full disclosure) where all candidates have been invited to join, answer questions, and share their platforms and goals if they are elected. Questions were solicited a while back from community members of what they would like the candidates to answer, and the candidates are now supplying those answers. If you have other questions you would like to ask, please feel free to post them here or join the Park County Election 2018 group and ask there.

The list of questions:
1. Have you ever managed any employees and if so how many?

2. What do you feel the minimum requirements are to be a Park County Deputy and what should be the base rate for that position?

3. Should you seek higher salaries for Deputies how will you ensure that ANY tax increase goes toward training and making sure that Park County has qualified people in the positions?

4. What will you direct your deputies /employees to focus on and why? How do these issues effect citizens of Park County? [ALL]

5. Do you support the AG's position on attempting to enforce federal law on Marijuana? Will you allow your deputies to assist Federal law enforcement in simple possession/ manufacture cases? [Sheriff]

6. How do you plan to balance the wants and needs of the rural vs suburban residents. There is a perception that Park County is becoming Denver lite. Do you agree with the code of the west if so why if not then why [ALL]

7. What is your position on Civil Asset Forfeiture [ALL]

8. What is your position on eminent domain [ALL]

9. What procedures will you implement to provide transparency in your departments activities above and beyond the open records laws [ALL]

10. Will you consider a run as an independent should you not be the caucus winner [ALL]

11. What will you do to streamline and optimize the budget of your department , what wasteful practices do you want to eliminate [ALL]

12. What personal and or economic relations do you have to current elected county officials [ALL]

14. What would you do different in regards to the most recent tragedy involving Miss. Long? Things leading up to, during and after this investigation.

15. What will you do to insure that an armed Resource Officer is ALWAYS present during school hours at the Fitzsimmons Middle School and High School?

16. What will you do to decrease the illegal drugs coming into our county and the ability for our kids to obtain illegal drugs?

17. What will you do about the fact that some of our current Deputies have been involved in activities in the past that have gotten them relieved of their positions then rehired at a later date? Activities that are illegal and violate the sworn oath they have taken.

18. What makes your promises or answers more believable than another candidates?

19. Why should we believe that you will truly do what you say you will do and that your answers aren't just canpaign promises said to merely get elected?

20. Do you have kids currently enrolled in the Park County school system?

21. Would you support or not support teachers in the Platt Canyon school system being trained and authorized to maintain a firearm in select classrooms?

22. As an Accreditation & Policy Compliance Manager in a neighbouring jurisdiction, I am wondering why the PCSO has not decided to pursue law enforcement accreditation? I believe many of the issues the PCSO has faced/is currently facing are covered by LE standards, and these programs would immensely help bring this agency back on track. Can the candidates speak as to their thoughts on pursuing this recognition?

23. Will you publish your agencies policy and procedure manual including use of force continuum and code of conduct publicly?

24. What do you think are the appropriate circumstances and criteria before implementing "no-knock" raids on private property? When is such risk of life to the deputies and victims worth it?

25. Do you support individuals being able to own guns? If not, why and if so, why?

26. Do you support the federal government removing marijuana from a schedule 1 drug?

27. Have you ever disobeyed an order from a superior and if so, why

28. If there are no funds available from the county or taxpayers, what can and will you do to augment the training and equipment for deputies?

29. If elected, how will you avoid conflict of interest, favoritism and the perception of deep corruption that currently seems to be so prevalent.

30. How would you have handled the Martin Wirth eviction differently? Please provide detail.


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Mountain-News-Events replied the topic: Park County Sheriff's Election 2018 09 Feb 2018 10:32 #13

Upcoming Meet N Greets: (check our Community Calendar under the Politics Category for election happenings and other government events.
Tom McGraw:

Tom McGraw, Candidate for your Park County Sheriff will be hosting two Meet and Greets this weekend for the citizens of Park County to get to know him. Tom is committed to working effectively with people of varying backgrounds, attitudes, opinions, and beliefs.

Come on out and let's get your questions and concerns answered.

Friday, February 9th, 6:00 pm @ the Crow Hill Cafe located at
1 Dellwood Dr, Bailey, Colorado

Saturday, February 10th, 2:00 pm @ the Shepherd of the Rockies Church located at 106 Rosalie Rd, Bailey, Colorado

John Tighe:

I will be at Harris Park Bible Church on Sunday, February 11th, at the potluck following their 10:00 a.m. service. Please feel free to come and say hi! Thank you for the invite Pastor Alex Probst! The address is 2257 Shelton Drive, Bailey CO

Gary Rhoads Sr:

Come and Meet Gary Rhoads Sr at the Hungry Miner 48 Platte Dr, Fairplay, CO 80440
February 11, 2018 from 3:00-5:00pm
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Mountain-News-Events replied the topic: Park County Sheriff's Election 2018 14 Feb 2018 12:36 #14

Gary Rhoads Sr's response to the community questions:

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Upcoming Meet N Greets:
Feb 16: Tom McGraw at Bailey Library, 6-9pm
Feb 17: Steve Spodyak at Hartsel Community Center, 1:30-3pm
Feb 21: Monte Gore at Brown Burro Cafe, 10:30am-12pm

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HappyCamper replied the topic: Park County Sheriff's Election 2018 14 Feb 2018 16:27 #15

Thanks for all the information!!!

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Mountain-News-Events replied the topic: Park County Sheriff's Election Questions and Answers 16 Feb 2018 13:06 #16

All 6 candidates have now returned their answers to the community submitted questions below. For organization, we are posting all pdf documents here again, and adding Monte Gore's and Mike Brown's, previously not posted. We would like to express our thanks to all candidates for taking the time to answer these questions. Their answers are lengthy and thoughtful, please take some time reviewing them all and try to attend some upcoming meet n greets to get to know them better and ask them more.

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Mountain-News-Events wrote: A bit of background: there is a Facebook Group called Park County Election 2018 (which we help admin, for full disclosure) where all candidates have been invited to join, answer questions, and share their platforms and goals if they are elected. Questions were solicited a while back from community members of what they would like the candidates to answer, and the candidates are now supplying those answers. If you have other questions you would like to ask, please feel free to post them here or join the Park County Election 2018 group and ask there.

The list of questions:
1. Have you ever managed any employees and if so how many?

2. What do you feel the minimum requirements are to be a Park County Deputy and what should be the base rate for that position?

3. Should you seek higher salaries for Deputies how will you ensure that ANY tax increase goes toward training and making sure that Park County has qualified people in the positions?

4. What will you direct your deputies /employees to focus on and why? How do these issues effect citizens of Park County? [ALL]

5. Do you support the AG's position on attempting to enforce federal law on Marijuana? Will you allow your deputies to assist Federal law enforcement in simple possession/ manufacture cases? [Sheriff]

6. How do you plan to balance the wants and needs of the rural vs suburban residents. There is a perception that Park County is becoming Denver lite. Do you agree with the code of the west if so why if not then why [ALL]

7. What is your position on Civil Asset Forfeiture [ALL]

8. What is your position on eminent domain [ALL]

9. What procedures will you implement to provide transparency in your departments activities above and beyond the open records laws [ALL]

10. Will you consider a run as an independent should you not be the caucus winner [ALL]

11. What will you do to streamline and optimize the budget of your department , what wasteful practices do you want to eliminate [ALL]

12. What personal and or economic relations do you have to current elected county officials [ALL]

14. What would you do different in regards to the most recent tragedy involving Miss. Long? Things leading up to, during and after this investigation.

15. What will you do to insure that an armed Resource Officer is ALWAYS present during school hours at the Fitzsimmons Middle School and High School?

16. What will you do to decrease the illegal drugs coming into our county and the ability for our kids to obtain illegal drugs?

17. What will you do about the fact that some of our current Deputies have been involved in activities in the past that have gotten them relieved of their positions then rehired at a later date? Activities that are illegal and violate the sworn oath they have taken.

18. What makes your promises or answers more believable than another candidates?

19. Why should we believe that you will truly do what you say you will do and that your answers aren't just canpaign promises said to merely get elected?

20. Do you have kids currently enrolled in the Park County school system?

21. Would you support or not support teachers in the Platt Canyon school system being trained and authorized to maintain a firearm in select classrooms?

22. As an Accreditation & Policy Compliance Manager in a neighbouring jurisdiction, I am wondering why the PCSO has not decided to pursue law enforcement accreditation? I believe many of the issues the PCSO has faced/is currently facing are covered by LE standards, and these programs would immensely help bring this agency back on track. Can the candidates speak as to their thoughts on pursuing this recognition?

23. Will you publish your agencies policy and procedure manual including use of force continuum and code of conduct publicly?

24. What do you think are the appropriate circumstances and criteria before implementing "no-knock" raids on private property? When is such risk of life to the deputies and victims worth it?

25. Do you support individuals being able to own guns? If not, why and if so, why?

26. Do you support the federal government removing marijuana from a schedule 1 drug?

27. Have you ever disobeyed an order from a superior and if so, why

28. If there are no funds available from the county or taxpayers, what can and will you do to augment the training and equipment for deputies?

29. If elected, how will you avoid conflict of interest, favoritism and the perception of deep corruption that currently seems to be so prevalent.

30. How would you have handled the Martin Wirth eviction differently? Please provide detail.


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