Ginger gets the Ville Platte newspaper at work, and saw an article about a woman running for Chief of Police in Mamou. Katina Richard, Assistant Chief has an impressive work history. Having been with the Police Department for about 20 years, she's done it all. I'm sure that her community recognizes the skill set she has, and will support her. But, more impressive, or at least as impressive is her attitude, her philosophy, and what appears to be a deep seeded set of values.
When people read my card, or look at my website, I hope that they conclude that my values are in the right place; that regardless of the experience, the knowledge and skills, they conclude that my sense of right and wrong, my love of community, my sense of fairness and justice all come across. All of that is the underpinning of the technical skills and training. I've seen men and women in law enforcement who had all of the expertise, the skills, the credentials, but not the integrity or the values. They are the minority, but they give all cops a bad name, and tarnish the agency they work for.
I wish Assistant Katina Richard the best of luck with her campaign. She seems to be proof that small towns are able to recruit and retain the best our academies have to offer. And if I should have the honor and privilege to serve as Chief, I hope to meet her.