Editor, Times-Union:

I must admit that even as a long-time resident, taxpayer, and voter in and of Kosciusko County, I have very seldom gotten involved in our local politics. Furthermore, I am not easily impressed, especially these days, by those seeking votes and offices at any level of government. However, I have become very impressed with the young man challenging our incumbent sheriff, for that position in the primary election this spring. That young man is Deputy Jim Smith.

Jim’s qualifications, experience, and resume are mighty impressive(!): Army Reserves 2000 - 2012, with a tour of duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom; Indiana Law Enforcement Academy; five years with the Syracuse Police Department; Kosciusko County Sheriff Deputy 2011 to present; member of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #149, North Webster American Legion Post #253, Kosciusko County 4-H Swine Committee, Syracuse-Wawasee Rotary Club, Clunette Methodist Church, current president of the Tippecanoe Township Board, past president of the Leesburg Lions Club, and current president of the Warsaw Morning Optimist Club. Jim is a native of Kosciusko County and a Warsaw Community High School graduate. He has been married to his wife, Trish, since 2008 and they have a son and daughter.

As well as his obvious leadership qualities and strengths, Jim is committed, loyal, transparent, determined and fiscally responsible. In fact, he has already promised, if elected, to significantly reduce the sheriff’s compensation cost to the county. Jim is a dedicated law enforcement officer not a politician! I honestly believe that we residents of Kosciusko County would be privileged and very well served to have Jim serve us as our next sheriff.

Lex Dalton

Warsaw, via email