The laws are definitely tilted toward the employer in this community and state....I worked as a nurse at Penrose Hospital a few years ago. I became crippled as a result of botched surgery there (like a month in a coma!) and then was TERMINATED "because I could no longer do the work"!. My family and I lost the benefits, including health insurance, one month later? About the same time, a fellow RN came down with breast cancer and received the same charitable heave ho as well. We both consulted labor attorneys and got the same answer "Yup, they can do that". My big mistake was expecting my employer to adhere to a higher standard of ethics - (You know, those nice Catholic "values"....)
There is $200,000 in requested funding for City for Champions in the Mayor's budget. It is funding that was requested by Council, from the Lodgers & Automobile Rental Tax (LART), to the Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Apparently, according to Mr. Brown, if one is a supporter of Jim Reid a hidden agenda is required AND you must have a permit. I'm sure I have neither. Nevertheless...
Regarding "not even remotely qualified", the statutory qualifications for office of the sheriff are found in C.R.S. 30-10-501.5. I would guess that almost all of us participating in this thread are "remotely qualified".
Mr. Reid is uniquely qualified to be the next sheriff of El Paso County. I'll leave the reading of his professional qualifications up to you. They can be found at http://www.jimreidforsheriff.com/.
Those qualifications only give indicators of a leader. Only when one experiences leadership in action, in real life situations, does one begin to realize they are in the company of a true leader. I have had the pleasure of observing Mr. Reid in a number of these situations over the years.
Mr. Reid is professional, intelligent, personable, experienced, humble and more than qualified.
As a native of Colorado Springs, who has dedicated over two decades of my life to public service, I don't want the sheriff to just have indicators on paper of leadership. The sheriff needs to BE a leader. Jim Reid has been, and will continue to be, a demonstrated leader - the right choice.
I don't think the photo is Pam Zubeck, if it is, she needs to shave!
The Office of Sheriff is a multi-disciplinary one; unique to our law enforcement community. Typically, as in El Paso County, they are responsible for a jail/detention center in which both innocent men and women awaiting disposition, along with convicted criminals are housed. It involves an understanding health, security, legal rights, nutrition, housing, transportation -- the management skills to necessary to house, secure and protect 1500+ are staggering. Tied to that is court security. Then there is a need to understand community policing. Rural law enforcement is vastly different from policing in a city or town. That lone sheriff on the eastern plains is at once a police officer, counseler, first medical/fire responder, game warden, animal control, chaplain -- such a diverse job requires management at the top that approaches the office holistically. But, its not over yet, don't forget that the Sheriff is also our emergency manager; responsible for the protection of life and property in the face of natural and man-made threats; the search and rescue of recreationists; and, the intregration of homeland security. And, finally, the Sheriff must be an authentic leader, not just within his department but with other politicians, boards, community groups and the electorate. Finding such a renaissance man and authentic leader, with a broad and diverse background is daunting -- except in this County. I have watched Jim Reid in a variety of roles -- he is an authentic leader with all the requisite skills and the humility to do the job. I may be a long-time, dedicated democrat, but I will cross that party line - Reid will be my choice for Sheriff and I would urge my fellow democrats to support him as well. Its time to elect the best for the job, regardless of party affiliation.
It is inconceivable that a city the size of Colorado Springs doesn't have some sort of mechanism or office that can investigate and mediate or arbitrate employer - employee disputes. With over 23 years in government, on both sides of the 'aisle', so to speak, I can say for certain the city need not spend this kind of money, whether it's for the utilities dept. or any of the agencies under the Mayor's office. I think the 'mismanagement' comment isn't too far off the mark.
Add to this that the Mayor is outsourcing city jobs to low paid contractors...putting people OUT of work instead of creating the jobs he promised when he took office. Don't try to bring this up on Facebook page though because he'll delete it and then ban you from posting. He did it to me...apparently, he doesn't like negative criticism, in which case, he shouldn't be in politics.
"wont" is a word, but I don't think it's the word the headline writer meant.
and Huffman didn't mean "myself" either, he meant "my wife and me." He seems fond of cliches, too.
Beedy meant "than" rather than "then." She also meant "tongue IN cheek," not tongue AND cheek (she might have been thinking of "tongue in groove"). Or maybe those were errors of the writer/copy editor.
I also asked my friends in the ‘Know’ about Mr. Reid as sheriff candidate, it turns out Mr. Reid is quite highly respected as leader and professional in emergency operations and services. I found he is very highly regarded as an honest straight shooter. I have signed up as a supporter on Mr. Reid’s website. Mr. Reid please email me and let me know how I can be of service to you in your campaign for Sheriff.
Mr. Bensberg, THANK YOU for your service to our community, and enduring some voters wrath especially when they use fake names.
I also became aware that Miss Sarah Jack a respected, highly regarded long time successful republican Campaign Manager is the Evans/Elder’s Campaign Manager. Miss Jack, is rumored to be an item with highly respected, regarded and effective State Representative Mr. Bob Gardner (District 20).
I would hope with the position and status Mr. Gardner and Miss Jack hold in the community, they would not be willingly associated with the Evans/Elder grand deception.
The striking irony is the Evans/Elder Duo are running for the position of Sheriff. A position of high integrity and honesty. These two do not fit there, and please look into this further (Indy).
I have to say, I am getting very intrigued by this thread. So, I started talking to some dear friends in the ‘Know’ to get some background about this Race. Apparently it starts with Mr. Todd Evans (currently the Police Chief for the City of Fountain), He ran against Sheriff Maketa in 2012. Evans dropped out of the Race citing health reason (usually political speak for ‘I don't want to get my Butt kicked). Evans recruits Mr. Bill Elder to run as the front man for Sheriff in 2014, because he Evans bowed out in 2012. The ‘Talk’ is with folks in the ‘Know’ is Evans will be Elder’s Undersheriff for one Term, and then he Evans will run for Sheriff. A grand deception apparently engineered by Evans and Elder, but really Evans is in-charge.
I also visited Mr. Elder’s web site (Not impressive) looking at the supporters list. I did not find Mr. Patrick Pine nor Mr. Mark Brown whom have been posting on this Thread/Blog.
I also did a special search on the internet. My conclusion is they are fake names, a cover for a very deceptive effort on behalf of the Evans/Elder campaign for sheriff.
If you read the text of the ballot measure you will see that it says nothing about how the money will be spent.
It is, in essence, a billion dollar blank check. That you will continue to write every year, year after year, regardless of result, as this tax effort has no expiration date.
I also wanted to point out that Mr. Reid is wearing a nice "El Paso County" shirt that he wears for his $115,000 job with the county. I sure hope he wasn't doing this interview with Ms. Zubeck on County time, and my tax dollar!
Are these comments made by the same JIM BENSBERG featured here?
What is your play here sir? I suspect it's just more of the usual cronyism, mismanagement and controversy commonly played by and facilitated inside El Paso County... you people should be ashamed of the way you swap jobs as your term limits hit so you can keep working on my dime, you play dirty pool (just read this article about how one elected official handles business) when you don't like the way things are reported and here, you clearly have some hidden agenda that permits you to endorse someone who is not even remotely qualified for the office... but hey, look back at the rest of your voting record. Don't you have another election to loose?
Daycare should not be a taxpayer-funded program.
2 NO votes from our household.
Let PERA fund its own miserable retirement account, not from the taxpayers.
I'm glad you asked that question, Roland. Having worked with both Sheriff Maketa and Commander Reid, I believe I have a unique perspective on the job. The Sheriff's duties comprise much, much more than traditional law enforcement. Reid is a leader, and leadership is the most important quality I look for so that we can continue the programs Maketa has implemented in El Paso County. I hope you agree.
As someone who has followed elections for decades, I always like to know why candidates are running for the positions that they choose. I find it intriguing that Mr. Reid is running for Sheriff, just months after "quitting" his job at the Sheriff's Office, then accepting another position within the county.
Mr. Bernson, I was intrigued by your comments, so I looked up Mr. Reid’s website. Impressive credentials, I will vote for Mr. Reid. I am including the web link for your convenience http://www.jimreidforsheriff.com/
They need to raise it to 2 billion. There is never enough funding for education. Although we spend more than any other country in the world on each student, just a few billion more should do the trick...
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