King cooked timecard, violated policies, says boss

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Good job waiting until after the Primary to let voters know their pick for top cop is a scofflaw. Classic good-old-boy don’t let the people know whats up, GJ politics. But why do conservative Mesa County Republicans like so much to engage in taxpayer graft?

I’m speechless. One would have thought that after being reprimanded for his campaign spending he wouldn’t be elected as a Senator, but he was. One might also assume that one reprimand was enough and he’d clean up his act, but he didn’t. Now it is very likely that he will be elected Sheriff because he has an “R” after his name, and is quite photogenic. I’m wondering what it takes for people to figure out that the candidates hand selected by a few elite Republicans do not represent the values and work ethic of the true Westerner. For the record, Benita Phillips is a friend of mine, and I will be supporting her candidacy. She’d be a hell of a lot better than any of the other candidates we have to choose from, and she can squeeze the buffalo off of a nickle when it comes to fiscal responsibility.

By S. Price At this rate I wonder how many other hours he made claim to over the years and didn’t work or how many other misconduct issues that got swept under the carpet. Another premier candidate by the GOP.

Maybe the game got changed from King at all costs to get past the Primary then wait for the outcry from the public. To right the perception of wrong doing , the GOP puts the pressure on King to step down (maybe there is a job waiting for him, or a business servicing fire fighting planes)and they appoint a new hand picked replacement. And who would that be? Maybe a female with law experience who is such a fast learner that she moved up from civilian employee to under sheriff in record time?

The released report opens more questions than it answers.

How many years has this been going on and been swept under the rug? King’s arrogance on this issue leads me to believe this is not his first rodeo when it comes to altering his records.

The obvious is to investigate all of his time sheets from 2007 forward.

We now have a Sheriff candidate who cannot testify in court. What will happen to the Blagg Retrial? King’s testimony was a large part of the trial. The Defense must be salivating at the thought of getting King on the Witness stand.

King’s answer of leadership as the solution to his problem is laughable. You can not lead if the people you intend to lead do not respect you. How would he be able to reprimand anyone in the department? If it were me and he tried to reprimand me, I would laugh hysterically.

However Spiess defense of the way this was handled is also laughable. The people had the right to know that King was fired and why he was fired from the Department he wants to run. I have a feeling last night’s results might have been different if the Department was on the ball in releasing this information instead of holding it until the weekend before the ballots were due. 14,000 votes? I am sure some would have changed their minds.

This is truly a disgrace. A disgrace for King, a disgrace for the Republicans and a disgrace for all those who endorsed King in this race.

Steve King should recuse himself from this race.  His behavior is a disgrace.  I would encourage everyone to research the only candidate on the ballot who is overly capable to serve as Sheriff for Mesa County:  that is Pat Arotin.  He is a current deputy, has a Master’s degree in law enforcement management and is one of the most upstanding citizens I know.  As a nurse practitioner with 2 master’s degrees, I would have no idea how to run a law enforcement agency and take offence that Benita Phillips thinks she is capable of the position. Pat Arotin is the only candiate that can protect our rights, our lands and our safety!

Ms. Twardowski, I have had experiences that most Nurses never have had the opportunity to have. I have lived and worked in an active war zone (the first Gulf War); I have taken on two large out-of-compliance Long Term Care facilities and brought them back under compliance; I have started health programs overseas that are still in place today. I have been blessed with such a varied Nursing career.  Unfortunately, some Nurses do not seek those experiences. But I have known Nurses that run Human Resource departments, who are Lawyers, who run their own businesses, that have run for state and federal offices (I think there is one Senator at present that is a Nurse).  Don’t short change your knowledge and experience. If you have found your niche as a Practitioner then I congratulate you. Nursing, as a public service career, is very akin to law enforcement. Both jobs require you must care for its community members in one of the most difficult periods of time in that community member’s life. You and I are lucky to have cared and continue to care for our community.

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