I have read comments about the lack of training at the Lee County Sheriff’s Department. I disagree. The correctional staff are constantly going through training to improve their job skills.
The sheriff has come up with alternative methods to train the correctional staff. Sheriff Varga has purchased several training videos designed especially for corrections. Varga works closely with medical staff to obtain training in areas pertaining to mental health, policy and procedures, detoxification, and suicide prevention.
Leading a smaller department, Varga has worked within his budget to get the most training for the correctional staff with minimal cost to the taxpayers of Lee County.
I have worked with Sheriff Varga with the budget of the Lee County jail, and every year the sheriff comes up with ways to keep the budget in line with last year’s budget; sometimes it is a struggle to maintain the same budget year after year, but Varga has succeeded.
Since Varga became sheriff 7 1/2 years ago, the Lee County jail has improved in training employees, technology, and medical and mental health care.
I ask you to vote March 18 for the most qualified person as your Lee County sheriff, John Varga.