The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Opinion

August 1, 2012

Dunn deserves re-election

JOPLIN, Mo. — Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Maricopa County, Ariz., summed it up when he said: “I’m the elected sheriff. I serve the people. I don’t serve the mayor. I don’t serve heads of the county. I don’t serve politicians. I don’t serve the media.”

You have to like a guy like that. He is so popular that people who hate him vote for him. I was watching NBC interview citizens of his county. The people were talking about how tough he was and how they didn’t like the way he did things.

The reporter asked whom they would be voting for. They all said they would be voting for Joe Arpaio because he didn’t take his job lightly.

I think the citizens of Jasper County can say the same about Sheriff Archie Dunn. You may not like some of the decisions he makes, but I can guarantee you one thing: We know he is on the job and the buck stops with him.

He is very approachable. If you call for the sheriff, he will talk to you. If he is not in, just leave a message. He will get back to you.

Before Dunn became sheriff, we had a lot of incidents with sheriff’s cars breaking down. Believe me, I know as when we called the sheriff’s office one night and waited two hours because of four broken-down cars. Dunn has changed that.

There are several noticeable changes, and all for the better.

How about families that Archie Dunn and staff have helped personally at Thanksgiving and Christmas? It comes out of their pocket. They pay the bill, as it is a personal thing they don’t go around bragging about.

There are several stories a person could tell. How about the May 22, 2011, killer tornado? I know personally that the sheriff’s office was checking on senior citizens and the disabled to make sure they were all right.

When I was a kid growing up, I can remember when the sheriff wasn’t just the sheriff, but your friend also.

Jasper County has found a good friend in Archie Dunn. He deserves to be sheriff. He has earned it.

Ted Brown

Joplin

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