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Why go outside the department when we have Bil Wright ready?

To The Daily Sun,

These are challenging times for us all and soon we will have a chance to select candidates to fill important leadership positions. From the national races to the New Hampshire gubernatorial and Executive Council races, to three critical contests at Belknap County, it is imperative that you get out and support the candidates of your choice and more importantly, turn out at the polls and cast your vote.

In the Belknap County sheriff's race, I am pleased to endorse a terrific candidate, Bill Wright.

In making my choice I have done so without regard to my political persuasion, seeking only to select the very best candidate.

The Belknap County Sheriff's position has opened up with the resignation of Craig Wiggin, who has opted to take a teaching position at Southern New Hampshire University. Voters will now have a chance to choose between two strong professionals with impressive law enforcement experience, Mike Moyer and Bill Wright. In this race I have chosen to endorse Bill Wright for a variety of reasons.

As a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Bill attained the rank of sergeant, demonstrating that he has the leadership skills needed to be an effective manager with a "can-do" attitude. After the Corps, Bill began his law enforcement career serving with distinction for eight years as a police officer in various communities in Belknap County. Then in 2005 Bill joined the Belknap County Sheriff's Office, working his way up to the No. 3 slot in the department as deputy, detective sergeant. With a total of 11 years with the Sheriff's Office, Bill is familiar with all of the detailed workings of the office. In addition, he has been a regular attendee at the meetings of the Belknap County Board of Commissioners. This has brought him up to speed as to the workings of all of the county departments on such critical matters as budget/finance and personnel policies. Finally, Bill's has committed to work in a hands-on way in the field with the deputies to have the Sheriff's Department become a real positive influence in the law enforcement and correctional efforts in our county.

I have always been a strong proponent of promoting from within when you have a qualified candidate and Bill certainly fits that requirement. In Bill's case, the question is even a little different: Why would you go outside the department when you have a candidate who is more than just qualified? Bill is clearly well-qualified. His time to move into the top spot has come. Public entities are already overburdened with unfunded pension liabilities. His opponent, Mike Moyer, is already drawing a full public pension. It's high time we put a stop to the practice of double dipping at the public trough.

Peter Mulcahy, Captain

U.S. Navy (Ret.)

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How do you encourage long-term dedication? Promote from within

To The Daily Sun,

I am not much for writing letters to the editor. I am not friends with either "Bill" Wright or Chief Mike Moyer (retired).

First of all, "double dipping" is not wrong, so long as you have the passion to do the job at hand and are not just a "fat cat."

I will not be voting for either candidate because I live on the other side of the river. But if I was voting I would ask myself, who has the experience within the walls of the Belknap County Sheriff's Department? Answer: Sgt. "Bill" Wright. If I was voting I would ask myself who has the passion to do a great job for the employees and the county residents? Answer: Sgt. William "Bill" Wright. Last I would ask myself how do you promote long-term dedication to the organization? Answer: promote from within.

I would urge the voters to vote William "Bill" Wright for Belknap County sheriff.

Lt. Richard "Dicky" Paulhus


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