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Regarding the Chronicle
endorsing Todd Radford for Sheriff of Travis County [“Chronicle Endorsements
,” News, Feb. 12]: Research on Lakeway and Travis County makes me ask the question about your endorsement of Mr. Radford for Sheriff of Travis County.
How does Mr. Radford's six years as Chief of Police in Lakeway make him, in any way, prepared to run the Travis County Sheriff Office?
Lakeway: population 14,000; 92% white; jurisdiction 10 sq. miles; median household income: $108,182. Police dept. budget: $3.8 million; 43 total employees (not all officers); 3 departments. Crime stats for the period Jan. 1, 2016 through Feb. 11, 2016: 15 incidents: 8 thefts; 6 traffic: 1 property.
Travis County: population 1.5 million; very diverse population; jurisdiction 1066 sq. mi.; median household income $60,464. Sheriff dept. budget: $162 million, total employees 1,064; several large departments. Crime stats for the period Jan. 1, 2016 through Feb. 11, 2016: 3,478 incidents reported.
Mr. Radford did manage to equip some of his officers with body cameras, which we understand were donated by a Lakeway resident. Given the crime stats, these cameras are sorely needed in Lakeway. Incidents reported since Jan. 1, 2016 did not seem to involve people who have mental health care issues.
No matter how articulate and able to answer tough questions Mr. Radford is, I do not see those two factors as decisive in evaluating experience and preparedness necessary to be Sheriff of Travis County.
I appreciate your prefacing your endorsement in the 427th District Court ["Chronicle Endorsements
," News, Feb. 12] by claiming it was not an easy task – however you followed by contrasting (Judge) Coronado’s seeming resignation to the barriers of bureaucracy. What exactly was that “seeming resignation” based on? His proactive work in the 427th District Court and moving the docket and making sure people are receiving the justice they are entitled to as quickly as possible? Is his distinguished community service an indication that he has resigned himself to the status quo?
In your accurate support of Brad Urrutia, which he deserves as a distinguished criminal defense attorney, you site him as being only the second Latino Criminal District Judge – when you just finished supporting ousting the first Latino Criminal District Judge. Does the Chronicle
believe there should not be more than one Latino Criminal District Judge on the bench at a time? As Latinos, we are so used to the typical statement, “If only they had more qualified candidates” – now I believe your message is, “They are not entitled to more than one.” What a shame that in Travis County Texas – where the population is approximately 34% Hispanic, the Chronicle
believes we are only entitled to 11% representation on the Criminal District Court bench.
Judge Jim Coronado has served Travis County with distinction and is more than qualified and experienced to serve another term as District Judge in the 427th District Court.