I have come out in support of many policies recently that have caused pause to some community members. I would like to remind the community of the responsibilities of the members of the Board of Supervisors; it is not to rule with an iron fist; it is to identify policies that best serve each of us and all of us in our community.
Implementation is not the duty of the Board of Supervisors. However, the Board can guide the community on its path that honors each of us and all of us, through policy and appropriate budgeting.
The Board only has the Power to hire certain County employees, such as the County Administrator (and not the County Sheriff or the County Attorney.) The People ELECT the County Sheriff and the County Attorney.
The County Sheriff has the authority, to an extent, to identify which laws are hard and fast, and which calls to prioritize — The Sheriff decides if the Deputies arrest the Parent who has not sent their child to school because the child is afraid to go to school, and bullies have been threatening the child? The Sheriff decides which calls does the Deputies respond to first: The domestic violence calls? The sexual assault? The vulnerable person call? The calls that involve family members of the Department?
The County Attorney has the authority, to an extent, to identify which cases to bring to trial. There are simply not enough hours in the day, nor courtrooms, nor dates to hold a trial for every person who is arrested. Do individuals get charged for possession of marijuana without a medical marijuana card? Does the former M-13 member who was sent away, and came back get charged? Does the son who protected his mother from her abusive husband get charged?
The Supervisors implement the policies to ensure that each of us and all of us has a voice and a fair shake.
The implementation of those policies are carried out by the Departments (such as the Sheriff’s or the County Attorney’s). I recognize this fact. I recognize that many voices are being ignored. We should not ignore members of our community.
Why am I campaigning for a seat on the County Board of Supervisors? I am campaigning for a seat in the Pima County Board of Supervisors to ensure that Policies are for each of us and all of us, and to ensure that budgets allow for Departments to implement programs for each of us and all of us.
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