I started playing drums in the 7th grade in the Junior High School Concert Band. Under the leadership of Tom Stone, I learned the basics of rhythm, keeping time, and knowing how drums fit into the overall sound of the band. Later, when I entered high school, Bill Kennedy was the conductor of the jazz band and concert band. His instruction highlighted the need for drummers to be persistent and patient so that they can learn to support the band and enhance what is already being done by others. Drummers need to be able to listen to the other musicians and be able to adapt to their style of playing. Drummers require active listening, and drummers must always keep the band together by keeping the time and managing it. Kennedy’s passion was electrifying and contagious to the whole band. Kennedy offered constructive criticism and insisted on musicians being ready to accept criticism. These traits are essential for a drummer to develop to be effective. Over the last 34 years that I have been playing the drums, I have found that these same traits are beneficial to many other settings. These traits are part of who I am, and I use these traits in all things that I am involved in. These traits are useful in leading divisions within the Payette County Sheriff’s Office.
One of the traits that I use with not only my staff but also with the public, is active listening. I have found that people who are genuinely interested in any activity will have suggestions and ideas on how to make improvements. As a leader, I spend time listening to people and hearing their ideas. Some ideas may not be possible due to many reasons. However, over the years, I have been able to capitalize on many of them. As Sheriff, I will continue to listen to the ideas of the staff and the public. I view the role of a leader as a person who finds ways to support the good things that are already occurring.
Constructive criticism is often the way that people offer new ideas. Hearing constructive criticism can be hard for anyone, but I view it as an opportunity to find more efficient ways to complete the mission of the Sheriff’s Office. I have found that it is beneficial to listen with an open mind to the staff and the public. They have perspectives on daily activities that are important to consider when managing a division. I have found that often there are new ideas that can be used from those conversations. I use this input to continue to find ways to improve the Payette County Sheriff’s Office.
Active listening also includes patience and being adaptable. Even in criticism, there are pieces of truth and valid suggestions. I have found that when listening to criticism, it is important to have an open mind and to listen for the common ground to find ways to make improvements. I find that being patient and hearing people out helps to identify new possibilities. Being adaptable helps me have an open mind when hearing about alternate ways to do things.
I have found that persistence is the key to solving problems and making improvements. I don’t give up easily when implementing new ideas, solutions, and changes. While leading an agency, one must continue to be persistent in finding the best way for not only the agency but also the community. The service to our community and the safety of our community is a passion of mine.
The passion that I have for the Payette County Sheriff’s Office and also the safety of the communities that we serve is what drives me to run for Sheriff. The traits that it takes to be a drummer are also the traits of a leader. As a leader of the Payette County Sheriff’s Office, I will continue to listen to our staff and the public to resolve conflicts, identify more efficient ways to serve the community, and implement better ways to keep our citizens safe. As a leader, I will continue to look at our current operations and also what we need to plan for in the future. Planning for the future will help us develop strategies to continually provide the best service possible. I look forward to the opportunity to serve the citizens of Payette County by leading the Payette County Sheriff’s Office as the Sheriff.
A candidate that believes in partnership with citizens to make our communities safer.