March 23, 2012
written by Kari Herreman
San Bernardino County has waited a long time for a Sheriff like Paul Schrader. The almost 30 year veteran of law enforcement and has trained and practiced at the local, county, and federal levels. His leadership has brought fiscal and operational successes to several major policing and community projects and endeavors, and earned him several coveted awards in his field. However, what sets this candidate apart from incumbent Sheriff Rod Hoops is a willingness to reach the members of the community and address their concerns with a straight forward approach.
While Sheriff Rod Hoops has attracted allegations of cronyism and overstepping his authority from several corners of the largest county in the US, Paul Schrader stands for an open door policy in the Sheriff’s office. His proposed policy of transparency would drastically improve relations between the department and the community. This is exactly the breath of fresh air that Hesperia business owners would take in as a sigh of relief after the disheartening responses they have received from their local department under the current administration.
Seizing the opportunity might be put back into the reach of community business owners and members with the election of Schrader to Sheriff. When asked about his stance on community policing, Sheriff hopeful Schrader gave the following comments:
“It’s very important that law enforcement and the public have a close partnership. The government needs to ensure we are making the county safe to help business grow. I also want to add if it’s listed in the yellow pages we shouldn’t be doing it. What does that mean? We should not compete with the private sector jobs.”
Paul Schrader places great value on business expansion in the county, and has the support of small business owners across the state. His experience in fiscal management has shown his consistent ability to stabilize large budgets and spend effectively to keep taxes from rising. Protecting the rights of business owners to compete in the free market is also a staple of Schrader’s strong Constitutional values.
If elected, Paul Schrader could bring needed change to a struggling county that has been ravaged by scandal in recent years. Local level leadership participation in the Colonies scandal and other corruption cases has left a lot of eyebrows raised regarding the Constitutional ethics of the current county leadership selection panels. Schrader’s commitment to upholding the Constitution and open door policy would restore communication and cooperation between the community and those pledged to protect and serve us.