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McCARTY: Wiser should get your vote

To the Editor:


I served as Livingston County Sheriff from 2002-2010 and I am supporting Jack Wiser in the March 20 Republican primary.

As everyone knows, the sheriff is a law enforcement officer but more importantly is guardian of the taxpayers' money. The current budget for the sheriff has risen to more than $5.6 million. The sheriff needs to be transparent and work closely with the SJ&L committee and county board to spend wisely and account to the taxpayers on how the money is spent.  
 
Not attending meetings and explaining expenditures of tax money leads to questions of leadership.  A professional shouldn't be so "emotional" he can't attend the meetings when he wants $100,000 salary.

I have serious concerns in the decisions to spend Livingston County money in Indiana and Mississippi for vehicles. Another example of spending taxpayers money was the use of a private law firm to represent the sheriff. Minutes of county meetings report state statutes provides for the state's attorney to hire outside legal services. During my tenure, I never had the need for private legal counsel and worked with the legal counsel provided by the State's Attorney.
 
The current sheriff worked a part-time job for a Texas security company. Apparently, he had the time and staff to work another job. I can only say I didn't have any spare time.

Jack Wiser will attend county meetings and explain how the money is being spent. He has pledged to only use the county car for business and not for personal reasons. Lastly, Jack Wiser will be a full-time sheriff.

Join me in voting for Jack Wiser.

ROBERT McCARTY
Retired Livingston County Sheriff
Pontiac

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