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I'm sure everyone has gotten tired of seeing cheap shots being taken. It's obvious a certain candidate is getting desperate for votes and has had to resort to personal attacks. The public isn't stupid. I personally know many people that have lost a lot of respect for this candidate because of it. If he has to resort to these attacks to win, I truly feel sorry for him.
From guest1185 Save you the trip
I have spent the better part of three days reviewing the comments and suggestions(?) that have been posted here and on the WCSO site. I have come to a conclusion. I have not really been impressed with anything that has been posted. I don't know Mr. Bush or do I know Mr. Graybeal. I do know that I am a resident and taxpayer in Washington County and am concerned about the future and progress for our communities.
I have looked at Mr. Bush's website and saw alot of "history and proud moments" from his law enforcement career. Granted, the majority of his accomplishments were from Florida. As the saying goes, "he ain't from around here". I am sure he is a good person and wishes the same for our communities as most of us do. But, what has he really did to promote his platform. A website is great, but he should have started working on this three years ago and never stopped. Being a person that wnats something as diligent as Mr. Bush seems he does, he should have been working even harder to get it. Don't wait until three months out and start a buch of "bs" to sway or convience someone to do what you want.
It seems that Mr. Graybeal has been a good Sheriff. He certainly has devoted himself to this area or gives the impression he does. I met him once at Walmart during Child Days and talked to him briefly about a problem I had in my neighborhood. It was just a few days that the problem was resolved. I do, however , have some concerns about his ability to handle issues. I have a friend that had a family member that was employed at the Detention Center. They resigned and was asked by the administrator to not tell how bad things were there. If the Sheriff asks you why you left tell him you have another job. As I recall, this same administrator can't keep an assistant. One was fired for having sex with an inmate and according to my friends relative, the other was fired for making a racial remark to another employee. Maybe the administrator needs to tell the Sheriff they have another job and leave. I don't know how many employees have left the Detention Center in the past three years, but maybe the problem is at the top.
When you see a Deputy out they are for the most part very friendly and willing to help. They seem satisfied with their jobs and current Sheriff. As with any group of employees, you will always have those that will complain. And, if Mr. Bush talks to them, they probably say what he wants to hear, just as they would tell Mr. Graybeal what he wants to hear.
I think we all should focus on the right to vote. Vote for whomever you feel is most qualified. That is your choice. My vote will have to go to Mr. Graybeal. He is in there, progress is being made. I would suggest to him that he needs to do something about the Detention Center issues. There are more people out there that know things about this than you think.
Good luck to Mr. Bush. You sure have made for some interesting reading and for opportunities for people to voice their thoughts.
May the best canidate win.
Washington County Sheriff - Edwin Graybeal Jr.
e-mail to: email@example.com
Administrative Phone: 423.461.1414
After Sheriff Fred Phillips' resigned on January 15, 2003 to accept the position of Commissioner of the Department of Safety in Governor Phil Bredesen's Cabinet, Graybeal was selected as interim sheriff until the Washington County Commission met on January 27, 2003 and unanimously elected him to serve as sheriff until the next general election. Graybeal was then elected by the voting public to serve out the remainder of the term as Sheriff on August 5, 2004.
Sheriff Graybeal began his government career as an employee with the Washington County Highway Department in 1979. He became deputy for the Sheriff's Department a year later, and then in 1981 he was promoted to sergeant.
Graybeal was promoted to lieutenant in 1991 and supervised the support services division. In 1992 he became the commander of the criminal investigations division. In 1993 he was transferred to the patrol division where he became watch commander in 1994.
In 1996 Graybeal was promoted to major and was made the executive officer for the sheriff's department. In November 2002, he was promoted to chief deputy.
The sheriff and deputies are the conservators of the peace in the county and may enforce the civil and criminal laws. They also serve legal process, take custody of the jail or workhouse and the prisoners, and may deputize any citizen of the county to assist in carrying out the duties of the office.
The sheriff is elected to a four-year term and must
have the following qualifications:
twenty-one years of age;
a qualified voter of the county;
a high school graduate or equivalent;
no felony convictions by a U.S. federal, state or territorial count;
no armed forces discharge but an honorable discharge;
fingerprints of file with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation;
free from apparent mental disorders;
a citizen of the United States and Tennessee;
not a member of the General Assembly or practicing attorney.
The sheriff may collect fees, which are turned over to the
trustee. However, the office is always on the salary system, through appropriations for salaries and expenses paid out of the county general fund rather than fees to help insure the fair and impartial administration of law enforcement duties.
Any newly employed deputy, special or part-time deputy must meet certain minimum standards similar to those required for sheriffs.
For more information you may contact the Sheriff's Department at 423-461-1414, or click on the following link to visit their website:www.wcso.net
To "guest1185", I will save everyone the trip to read the the rebuttal to your posting!
To guest 1185, First of all everything in green are your quotes exactly, copied and pasted. It still amazes me to see the inept level of education that people have in today's world and are still capable of functioning. First you mention "I don't Mr. Bush or do I know Mr. Graybeal. I do know that I am a resident and taxpayer of Washington Countyand am concerned about the future and progress for our communities." Well thank God you know where you live. However you mention a few sentences further in your statement that you met Mr. Graybeal at Walmart and stating this: It seems that Mr. Graybeal has been a good Sheriff. He certainly has devoted himself to this area or gives the impression he does. I met him once at Walmart during Child Days and talked to him briefly about a problem I had in my neighborhood. It was just a few days that the problem was resolved. I do, however , have some concerns about his ability to handle issues. I have a friend that had a family member that was employed at the Detention Center. They resigned and was asked by the administrator to not tell how bad things were there. If the Sheriff asks you why you left tell him you have another job. As I recall, this same administrator can't keep an assistant. One was fired for having sex with an inmate and according to my friends relative, the other was fired for making a racial remark to another employee. Maybe the administrator needs to tell the Sheriff they have another job and leave. I don't know how many employees have left the Detention Center in the past three years, but maybe the problem is at the top When you met Mr. Graybeal as you stated you never had, it was probably right before he needed something to get done in the Sheriff's department, ya know, llike being watched by big brother or something. As for people being fired, losing their jobs or not feeling as if they can go to the top to talk about their jobs, it's because they are so afraid they will lose their jobs anyway. If you don't kiss the rear end and do what you are told, then you might as well just kiss the job good bye!! It's called fear. That's what WCSO operates on, is fear. They all do what they are told even if it isn't ethical because of the fear of not being to feed their families, have their health benefits or social security down the road. No agency in this country should be run on FEAR but unfortunately there are some and Washington County, TN is one of them.
I DO know Mr. Bush. I've known him for many years. I won't lie and say I've always agreed or always gotten along with him. However, he never has, doesn't now, and never will instill fear in anyone for anything! HE is HONEST & FAIR. That's probably why there are a few grudges on here, because people couldn't bribe, lie, cheat, steal or buy their way with Mr. Bush. He has a true conscience when it comes to strong work ethics, something that really needs to be passed along to Washington County Sheriff's Office.
But to ask you a question, what does "I have looked at Mr. Bush's website and saw alot of "history and proud moments" from his law enforcement career. Granted, the majority of his accomplishments were from Florida. As the saying goes, "he ain't from around here" any of this have to do with Mr. Bush running for Sheriff? Do his qualifications from another state in another Police Department make him inept? His history and proud moments are what should be shared so people can see what he has accomplished. That would be translated into earned. Not bought, bribed, cheated from or stole. Hard earned accomplishments. Maybe that's what Washington County needs, is someone who ISN'T from around there to whip that place to where it should be!
And as for your comment about Mr. Bush and how "A website is great, but he should have started working on this three years ago and never stopped. Being a person that wnats something as diligent as Mr. Bush seems he does, he should have been working even harder to get it. Don't wait until three months out and start a buch of "bs" to sway or convience someone to do what you want." You, my friend, as well as so many others, need to get your facts straight. Mr. Bush has been working on this since right after he moved to TN. If you take the time to call him, he will speak to you personally and tell you this. His number should be on his website. He has not waited until 3 months before to put himself out there nor does he "bs" to sway people. Mr. Bush ran for Sheriff two years ago and now doing so again. Both two years ago and this year, he has had numerous signs stolen, vandalized and burned. At least one business was threatened to have ALL of his business taken from him if he didn't remove his "Elect Joe Bush for Sheriff" sign. Then just a few days later, an Ed Graybeal for Sheriff sign was up in it's place. How coincidental is that!!!! So you tell me that WCSO isn't corrupt and in fear for their jobs. What ever they are told to do they do because they know they will probably get fired.
And yes, everyone certainly does have the right to cast their own vote and be well informed. Mr. Bush's website, along with calling him and speaking with him personally is your best way to be informed. Try the telephone, you might be surprised. Unless of course you have already made up your mind you will never know how honest and pleasurable talking with Mr. Bush will be. The only thing I am truly saddened to not to have happened was for Mr. Bush to have challenged Mr. Graybeal to a public debate. All the answers would have been right there!
I agree with the previous guest. The trouble at the Detention Center is with the administration. There is a great group of individulas that work there and if it wasn't for them being true to themselves, they would be alot more leaving.
The incident from 2003 should have put the administrator out, but some things have to be as they are. I think the favor returning to the previous administration is paid in full.
If something doesn't let up down there, I am afraid all the secrets about other things involving the administrator (from 1999-2003) will probably come out in the news here as they did in Music City.
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