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If The Press Democrat wishes to remain a credible source for news and information, consider your sources. For instance, the Economic Policy Institute reports that average weekly wages for public schoolteachers have stagnated since the mid-1990s and declined by 5 percent since 2010.

SUSAN ROBERTS

Rohnert Park

Essick’s the one

EDITOR: Working 20 years in the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office, public administrator division, provided me the opportunity to observe the operations of the Sheriff’s Office. In the upcoming sheriff’s election, Mark Essick is the best candidate for the following reasons.

He began his career with the Sheriff’s Office in 1994 as a correctional officer, subsequently serving as deputy, detective, field training officer, bomb squad sergeant, patrol sergeant, lieutenant personnel/internal affairs and, from 2015 to present, field services captain/administrative captain.

In 2007, working with the Mental Health Department, he developed and directed the much-needed crisis prevention program, and, in 2015, he served as the only law enforcement member on the Community and Law Enforcement Task Force. In 2015, again with mental health, he helped form the mobile support unit.

His record shows that he cares about the safety of our community and the relationship between its residents and law enforcement. Conflicting state and federal laws of recent years make it imperative that our new sheriff is not only experienced and a person of integrity but firm, straightforward, fair, diplomatic and able to make wise decisions.

Mark Essick has my vote.

OLIVE ROBINSON

Healdsburg

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