This email to the editor was sent to us by Jeff Faugh on behalf of the Dansville Police Officers’ Association
The Dansville Police Officers’ Association endorsed Thomas Dougherty for Sheriff of Livingston County, back on June 14th. This endorsement was made after discussion of our members. We have never endorsed a candidate before this. The members of our Association had already been publicly supporting “Dougherty for Sheriff” prior to our decision as a collective group.
We made our endorsement because we believe that a fresh perspective is needed to better public safety. We wish no disrespect to Sheriff York, as he has accomplished some great things to improve the public safety of Livingston County. We feel that there is more that can be done. Both Tom and Matt have already engaged in conversations about some of the changes they plan to make.
We feel that the professional relationships that Tom and Matt have built show a better willingness to work together, as peers, not adversaries. This attitude better serves the citizens of our county.
We believe Tom and Matt’s courage and commitment to stand up for what is right and not sit back allowing the “good ole boy” system of how things are done is paramount to better service to the public.
We also applaud Tom and Matt for their always positive attitude. They have ran a clean campaign, in which they have address issues and what they bring to the table. They have not and discourage anyone from attacking the other candidate. We strongly support that attitude and are disappointed in those who have slung mud.
We feel that history has shown that Tom and Matt are willing to work with and listen to the local police departments, as peers. They have both listened to our needs and assisted us with them. We have not always seen that from the Office of the Sheriff.
We wish it be known, our decision was a unanimous decision to back the “Dougherty / Bean Campaign.” It was not clouded by anything. Our endorsement came from our hearts and beliefs. We feel that Thomas Dougherty is the best candidate for Livingston County Sheriff to better the public safety of our great county.
Shannon D. Griese