to the editor from this week's Chronicle:
To the Editor
It is with great enthusiasm that I endorse and ask your support for
Kathy Ackerman in next month’s primary race for Idaho County Clerk.
I have known Kathy for many years and I was thrilled that she decided to
run for the County Clerk position. Kathy will have no trouble stepping
into that office and discharging the duties of that office with a high
degree of professionalism just as she has in the other positions she has
held in the Courthouse over the years. I have every confidence that
her friendly demeanor, honesty and years of experience will bring continued
integrity and friendly customer service to the Clerk’s Office and the County
as a whole. We will be well served with Kathy as our County Clerk.
Denis B. Duman
Dear Idaho County Voter:
When I learned that my friend and collogue, Kathy M. Ackerman, was
running for public office, I jumped at the chance to write this letter
in support of her and recommend her to you, the voter.
I have had the pleasure of knowing Kathy and her family for almost
4 years, having first met Kathy as a fellow instructor teaching for POST,
the certification and testing board for all police officers in the state
of Idaho. Kathy has been a master level instructor for most of the time
that I have worked with her. These duties, which I have seen her perform
at the highest level, include not only instructing, but assisting in creating
and rewriting curriculum to be used in the course of instruction.
She has also been responsible for organizing the many varied details
of the courses of instruction, setting up location and the logistics for
instructing, as well culling together teaching cadres suitable for different
locations and situation. Kathy is a team player, and a leader by nature.
As I said it is my pleasure to recommend Kathy to you and I feel you
would be rewarded greatly by selecting her as your public servant.
Detective, Meridian City
Meridian Police Department
Meridian, ID 83642
To the Editor
I recently retired as a police officer after 33 years. During
my career, I was an instructor in many fields and I had the good fortune
to become a co-instructor with Kathy Ackerman.
Our courses were a week long in length and during that time I became
not only a colleague, but a good friend of Kathy’s. Over many hours
of teaching and conversation, I was able to observe Kathy in many ways.
I learned more than the usual things such as her written and verbal
skills, problem-solving abilities, etc. but also how keenly committed she
is to her family, her Church and most of all to her community. She
has been very active in many community endeavors such as 4-H, Youth Ministry
and school activities.
Kathy has been a Civil Deputy for the Idaho County Sheriff’s Department
giving her the opportunity to learn how local government works as well
as how to deal with citizens. Dealing with civil seizures and delinquent
tax warrants is often a thankless job, but Kathy loves trying to help people
through these problems.
As a person between middle age and those “golden years”, I have never
written a letter of support for any candidate, but then Kathy is not just
I would strongly urge all persons to cast their vote for Kathy Ackerman
for the Idaho County Clerk.
To the editor
My name is Connie Lehtola. Many of you know me from the many
years I have worked in the Driver's License Office. I am writing
to encourage you to vote for Kathy Ackerman for the position of Idaho County
I came to know Kathy when she was an employee in the District Court
Office from 1987-1997. I have worked directly with Kathy in the Sheriff's
Department for over 12 years. She works regularly as my back-up person
in the Driver's License Office where she relates well with the public and
provides the quality service our customers expect.
As Civil Deputy, Kathy has tackled numerous challenges. Her knowledge
of Idaho Code is remarkable and she is able to apply it effectively in
the handling of her many duties as Civil Deputy. I have heard Kathy
discussing complex legal situations with attorneys, as well as explaining,
in simple terms, basic legal procedures to individuals who know nothing
about the judicial system. She is able to converse at either level
and does so with courtesy.
Kathy has been an Idaho Peace Officer Standards & Training Certified
Instructor for 12 years. While she actively shares her knowledge
and skills with others, she also continues to seek ways to improve herself
and expand her knowledge base.
Any one of these qualities would make Kathy an excellent candidate
for this important position. All of them together make
her the right candidate. Please join me in voting for
Kathy Ackerman on May 25.
Most of you will not know either candidate for the State Supreme Court,
so I would like to tell you a little about the one that I know.
I am a sixth generation Idahoan, having been raised in the Salmon/Challis
area of Idaho, and am the Prosecuting Attorney for Clearwater County, Idaho.
I have practiced law in Clearwater County and the surrounding counties
for nearly 15 years. Like most rural Idaho counties, we struggle
to get the services most urban areas take for granted, and that includes
the court systems.
Judge John Bradbury was elected to the bench in my judicial district
(the 2nd Judicial District) about 7 years ago after a long and successful
career in law both inside and outside of the State of Idaho. He has
increased the District Court’s presence in Clearwater County from a few
days a month to two days a week, and has constantly striven to bring to
rural Idaho those services lacking prior to his involvement. He has
made sure people’s right to jury trials have been provided. He brought
a mental health court and drug court into the County (the first for rural
Idaho), believing that the schizophrenia sufferer in Orofino, Salmon, Challis
and all similarly situated communities is just as ill as the one in Boise.
He has brought full time District Court judicial services to Clearwater,
Idaho and Lewis Counties, for the first time in my memory.
Rural Idaho deserves a proper place in this State, and the Idaho Supreme
Court needs some perspective into our issues and concerns.
Judge John Bradbury brings that perspective, and has my endorsement as
E. Clayne Tyler
Clearwater County, Idaho
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