GV resident Dr. Jerry Miklin came out to support Sheriff Walcher’s bid for re-election. Photos by Freda Miklin
BY FREDA MIKLIN
If you want to vote for a candidate for Arapahoe County Sheriff on Nov. 6 who other law enforcement officers admire, incumbent Dave Walcher is a good choice.
On July 28, Kevin and Mary McNicholas hosted an old-fashioned pig roast at their Cherry Hills Village home in Walcher’s honor. Among the 100 friends and neighbors who came to show their support for Walcher were sheriff’s deputies from different counties. Their bosses came, too. On hand and encouraging the crowd to support Walcher with their votes and their wallets were Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Shrader and Undersheriff Patsy Mundell, Adams County Sheriff Michael McIntosh, former Jefferson County Sheriff and recently retired CBI deputy director Ted Mink, and Elbert County candidate for sheriff Tim Norton. Rounding out the large group of supporters were Walcher’s fellow Arapahoe County elected officials Sue Sandstrom, Treasurer and Marc Scott, Assessor. All agreed that Dave Walcher has done an excellent job and deserves re-election.
Ted Mink was Jefferson County sheriff before moving to the CBI as deputy director in 2015. He retired earlier this year.
Walcher told supporters that school safety is most important and that he has doubled the number of school resource officers since becoming sheriff. He talked about the regional crime lab nearly ready to open, a 27,000 square foot facility being built through the joint efforts of Arapahoe and Douglas counties and the city of Aurora. It will allow ballistics examinations and DNA testing to be done in the 18th judicial district, a huge step forward on investigations.
Addressing the upcoming election, Walcher compared his 36 years of law enforcement experience with that of the two other candidates on the ballot for Arapahoe County sheriff. He told supporters that one candidate has no law enforcement experience and the other has served three years as a police officer, currently part of an eight-officer department. He said that overseeing a department with 750 employees and an $80 million budget requires significant experience, something he possesses.
Jeff Shrader, Jefferson County sheriff, worked with Sheriff Walcher in JeffCo before Walcher came to Arapahoe County.
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