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Stolley is the right choice for sheriff

| March 28, 2024 1:00 AM

I am a longtime resident of Boundary County. This letter is about the three candidates running in the Republican primary for sheriff. There are three men — Dave Schuman, Jon VanGesen and Travis Stolley.

Schuman has been around for a while, and he seems like a decent guy, but I think he lacks the wherewithal to do the job effectively.

VanGesen is a newcomer to North Idaho. He has only lived here in Boundary County for two years. His investment in the life of the county has yet to be seen. He has only worked in Bonner County for the past four years, since leaving Kitsap County, Washington. The 2015 incident reported in the Herald last November illustrates his unfitness for work here. His account of the incident that led to serious allegations against him is at odds with a bystander's recording of the situation. The case against him was settled out of court for a jaw-dropping sum of $200,000 awarded to the plaintiff. 

VanGesen's glib dismissal of the settlement at taxpayers' expense is disturbing, as his failure to take responsibility for the situation. Hopefully, most of us residing here do not want that kind of mismanagement in our home county. We need people in charge who can de-escalate situations, not fan the flames, and cost us money and safety. He comes across as reckless and foolish.

Travis Stolley grew up here and works here in law enforcement. He and his wife raise their kids here — he knows us. He is committed and effective. I am voting for Travis Stolley and I hope you do, too.


Bonners Ferry