Pope’s dedication, experience makes him better candidate

Published 9:56 am Friday, July 13, 2018

To the Editor:

This letter is in support of James Pope for Sheriff in the special election on July 24. I know James to be a person of integrity and has proven his dedication to the citizens of this county over the past 14 years as a deputy sheriff. His leadership skills, work ethic and performance were qualities that were recognized in his promotion to lieutenant after only six years as a deputy.

Safety in our schools is one of his priorities. He plans to put resource officers in our elementary schools on a full time basis. This is so important in today’s environment. It is so much better to prepare for a tragic event before it happens than react after it does.

James’s philosophy of hiring within the county, when possible, is one that will help with retention of deputies. This certainly saves money in training and equipment for new deputies as well as a more experienced staff.

The growth in the northern end of the county has certainly put a big demand on the Sheriff’s department but James is committed to serving the whole county.

I believe James’ dedication to law enforcement in Isle of Wight County, his experience, leadership and vision for improving the Sheriff’s office makes him the better candidate for Sheriff. He has been working for this opportunity for several years, and I hope you will join me in voting for James Pope on July 24.

Robert C. Claud Sr.