Not Prepared

RECEIVED Fri., Feb. 12, 2016

Dear Editor,
    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.
Mary Patrick
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