As chairman of the Columbia County Board of Supervisors and supervisor for the Town of Stockport, I feel I’m in a unique position to comment on the upcoming Nov. 7 election. In both of those positions, I have worked closely with each of the candidates for county sheriff: David Bartlett in his position as the incumbent county sheriff, and Peter Volkmann when he was Stockport officer-in-charge.
Based on my observations with both individuals, I whole-heartedly believe that David Bartlett is by far the most qualified individual for the position. He has worked his way up through the sheriffs department, from working in the jail, to a deputy, a K-9 officer, and to the rank of captain, until elected sheriff in 2013. In the years since, he has exhibited professionalism and outstanding leadership. His knowledge of this critical agency and his outstanding character make him eminently qualified for the position of county sheriff.