It's time to speak out to the citizens of Gila County.
My name is Jim Eskew and I have been working deep inside of the Gila County Sheriff's Office, currently as the jail commander of the Globe and Payson jails.
In my many years with the department, I have seen numerous changes. The best changes have come within the last four years.
Our current sheriff, John Armer, has brought a new look and direction to the sheriff's office.
If you have just moved to our great county within the past four years, you probably did not know or hear about the many lawsuits, negative publicity and officer-misconduct investigations. Officers were found guilty of criminal charges, officers were accused of lying in criminal cases, and officers were charged with unprofessional conduct. Poor morale and high turnover also existed at that time within the sheriff's office. These issues and more were problems that plagued the previous administration. Those of you who have been residents longer than four years know exactly what I am talking about.
All of these issues have disappeared under Sheriff John R. Armer. No more lawsuits, no more negative publicity, no more officers' names and pictures in the news, and no more morale problems. Sheriff Armer certainly had his work cut out for him to change the direction of the sheriff's office when he was elected, and, he has been very successful. Sheriff Armer has earned that success.
Sheriff Armer has brought hard work, honesty and integrity back to this sheriff's office, and I can honestly say to you that the real reason I am still with the sheriff's office is because of John R. Armer. I have the deepest respect and admiration for him, what he stands for, and for what he has accomplished in just four short years.
I am proud to say that my family and I have been blessed with many great friends while living in Gila County for more than 17 years, and I can reassure each and every one of you that you are in good hands with Sheriff John Armer. Mr. Armer needs your help and support to be re-elected as sheriff to continue this great work he has started.
Please vote for John R. Armer in November; he is indeed the perfect man for this job.
Jim Eskew, Payson