Former Congressman Chris Gibson and his wife Mary Jo Gibson have announced their endorsement of Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett for reelection.
The Gibson’s list many reasons for their strong support of Sheriff Bartlett, but point to his decades of experience with the Sheriff’s Office, his significant accomplishments since taking office, and the Sheriff’s strong commitment to the Columbia County community and area youth as chief among them.
Bartlett began his law enforcement career with the Sheriff’s Office in 1984. Since taking office in 2014, Sheriff Bartlett has implemented several new programs and services at the Sheriff Office, perhaps none more important than his School Resource Deputy (SRD) program that put police back in our public schools. The SRD program has not only bolstered campus security at our schools, but has also improved the relationship between area youth and law enforcement. The program allows the Deputy Sheriff to meet the students, spend time with them, and get to know them. This relationship helps to facilitate communication between law enforcement and the student population.
The Sheriff and his team have also worked tirelessly to combat crime and protect residents, particularly the most vulnerable in our population. Sheriff Bartlett created a new Special Victims Unit, led by a Senior Investigator, to oversee incidents of elder abuse, sex offenses, and crimes against children. He’s also tackled the opioid epidemic head-on by aggressively targeting those who deal the poison on our streets, worked with state and federal law enforcement to pursue broad networks of dealers, initiated a Narcan response plan to treat overdoses, offered new services and support to addicts upon release from jail, and bolstered the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program in our schools.
“Sheriff Bartlett provides safety with compassion and commitment,” said Mary Jo Gibson. Former Congressman Gibson added, “the Sheriff is honest, hardworking, compassionate, and strong. He is a model leader and good public servant. Please join us in voting for him on November 7th.”