To the Editor:
My name is George Ellwood, a retired deputy sheriff and a third-generation Vermont law enforcement officer.
I received my introduction to police work from my father, the executive director of the Criminal Justice Training Council. He told me the best officers were the people who were your neighbors and members of your community who happened to wear a uniform with a badge. In other words, police needed to be more than in the community, they needed to be of the community.
It is because I believe firmly in this concept that I am writing to ask you to select Michael Major as the Democratic candidate for Chittenden County sheriff.
Mike possesses all the technical training and experience for the position, but more importantly also possess the credentials of community leadership the job requires. He has served for many years as a scout leader, as a local sports coach, as person who has spearheaded numerous civic projects.
He has done all this while serving as a leader in the Chittenden County Sheriff’s Department, as a person helping to set the direction of statewide law enforcement, and as a family man of unrivaled devotion.
The present sheriff and his father have held the office for over half a century. While on the surface this may seem to provide great experience, in reality, it sets a tone of entitlement inconsistent with our system of representative government.
Michael Major is just the blend of experience and innovation that will allow the community to realize the full promise of the Sheriff’s Department.
George H. Ellwood