The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Opinion

August 5, 2012

ELECTION LETTERS: Jasper County Sheriff is hard-working

My first acquaintance with our county sheriff was in 2005, when former Sen. Jim Talent was at the Children’s Center informing the allocation of federal funds to counter the meth problem.

Of course, all of those who were “somebody” were there. I attempted to converse with them and none were interested. I was, as I am now, a “nobody.” I took a friend with me, and we sat down to eat. There was only one person who gave us his time, and that was Sheriff Archie Dunn. He treated us as if we were “somebody.” There is a common complaint that I keep hearing: “What’s the sheriff’s problem?” Folks, it’s not him who is the problem. He could say the sky is blue and they would vote no. The Jasper County commissioners, attorney and auditor are doling out his budget a month at a time. The sheriff’s budget does not run in this manner, and no other elected office’s budget is handled this way.

We voted for Dunn to do a job and helped him pass a Law Enforcement Sales Tax, which the commissioners thought wouldn’t pass. They have been attempting to get their hands on this money ever since, and unless you, the voter, take action at the primary, his hands are tied. Dunn is the hardest working sheriff this county has had for some time, and it seems all people can do is throw darts at him. You are throwing them at the wrong person.

I am strongly endorsing Archie Dunn to another term as county sheriff, and you will do well to follow me.

Maurice Filson

Joplin

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