On the Lee County sheriff’s race, it is the structure, the table of organization that is faulty. The county board is top-heavy. To justify its existence, it has split itself into committees and subcommittees.
The power and the authority of the office of the sheriff is diluted. All department heads, including the sheriff, have to run the gamut through a bureaucracy of committees and subcommittees to get what they need.
The challenger is a worthy opponent. He does not need to entertain the additional issue of a politicized police department mudding up the waters for him. He is a very competent man, very able.
The incumbent has proved his worth. His relationship with the board is both a plus and a minus. I prefer an arms-length distance between a professional and the governing body.
A budget is like the weather. It is what it is. There are times to tighten the belt and times to let go. This is the real test of a manager. But as far as elections go, the voters have an excellent choice in these two men. Both are technicians, law enforcement officers.
Obviously, we can do without the cheerleaders. Let Dixon tend to its own cabbage patch.