I read with amusement the letter that was published the other day from Mr. Zanna stating that he was going to support a candidate for sheriff who was not from our county! First of all, the election is still more than two years away, so I guess the "pitchfork toters" have had to find something else to do since they have not been in the news lately! Secondly, this "candidate" has never even registered to vote in Mohave County until the spring of this year! Thirdly, having had very little experience working as a certified law enforcement officer in another state, this candidate has spent most of his time working in a prison. He is hardly someone who is qualified to become the chief law enforcement officer of the fifth largest county in the nation! An inflated resume does not pass the test.
Let's look at our sheriff - Sheriff Tom Sheahan and his family moved to Mohave County almost 30 years ago. At that time, he had already had nine years of experience working as a deputy sheriff and a detective in Illinois. As a Mohave County deputy sheriff, he immediately became involved in Little League baseball, Dolphins swim team, Kiwanis Dollars for Scholars and many other community projects while working various shifts and raising a family with his wife, Jo.
Sheahan progressed through the ranks as a detective, a corporal, a sergeant, a lieutenant, a captain, a chief deputy sheriff, and then he ran for, and was elected, sheriff by an overwhelming majority, and took office in January of 1997. By the time he decided to run for sheriff, he made sure that he had more than enough experience to be sheriff!
What he said he was going to do, he has done, which was to bring leadership, continuity and stability to the Sheriff's Office. There is no substitute in law enforcement for training and experience! The office of sheriff is not a place for on-the-job training! As a 39-year law enforcement veteran, Sheahan continues to work tirelessly on law enforcement matters and issues in our county, such as Senate Bill 1070, the new illegal immigration law which the sheriff has supported from the onset, and he has also taken the lead in fighting against violent crime and drugs.
The sheriff still makes time to promote and be involved in activities important to our communities. Sheahan is a real law enforcement officer, a real leader and a real sheriff!