There has probably never been a person in Gila County more qualified to be sheriff than Art Stone. Here are some of the reasons that I make this statement.
Art Stone is the best educated candidate. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. Then he earned a Master's Degree in the Administration of Justice. And finally, he earned a Doctor's Degree in Education and is a past adjunct professor of criminal justice. So he not only knows criminal justice better than anyone else, he has the credentials to be both an administrator and a teacher of criminal justice. In other words, he can not only run the sheriff's department, he can and will, teach all of the department's personnel to be better trained in their duties.
Art Stone has accumulated over 20 years of experience in law enforcement. He is an expert. During this time he has served as a deputy sheriff, as a lieutenant of forensics and as a chief investigator for the district attorney's office. In addition, he has been chief of police in three different places, each change being a promotion. All of the above positions and all of the degrees earned were in the State of Kansas. And this leads to another big plus. Since Art Stone has not spent his life in Gila County, he can show equal justice toward all the citizens here. He is not part of any of the "good old boy" networks and will play no favorites. His only reason to come out of retirement and seek this office is because this sheriff's department is in such shambles. It will take an Art Stone, a man who has the education, background, experience and can remain detached enough to see the overall problems, to fix what's wrong in the Gila County Sheriff's Office. He is a leader.
After successfully completing a 20-year career in the U.S. Air Force, Art Stone retired as a full colonel. Only a small handful ever reach a rank that high in the military. Only proven leaders. Art Stone is a leader. He served his country well, and he will serve his county well. He is the right man for the job. A vote for Art Stone is a vote for leadership and a better future for Gila County.
Buck Horn, Payson