When all law enforcement, fire and EMS agencies work together, response time to emergencies is reduced, public safety improves, and the cost of delivering those services is less.
We are writing this letter today to let the citizens of Lee County know we feel John Simonton has the want and skills to make this happen.
We are endorsing John Simonton for Lee County sheriff because he has demonstrated he is a leader. With more than 31 years of experience as a patrolman, trooper, instructor, commander and facilitator, he has proved he values relationships between fire, EMS and law enforcement agencies.
Throughout his career, he has formed “partnerships” between agencies that, in turn, make them more efficient and effective. He has worked with fire service agencies in stressful life and death events.
Simonton has trained and shared knowledge with fire agencies in a cooperative effort to provide for positive outcomes.
We believe John Simonton is a great choice for sheriff.
Note to readers: The authors of this letter are all area fire chiefs.