He pos­sesses knowl­edge and for­ward-think­ing ideas

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I have known Ted Bel­leav­oine both per­son­ally and pro­fes­sion­ally for more than 20 years. Ted and I worked to­gether at the St. Mary’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice and he served in a po­si­tion of trust dur­ing my ten­ure as sher­iff. He has al­ways been trust­wor­thy, pro­fes­sional and eth­i­cal and has al­ways ex­hib­ited a great sense of com­mu­nity. Ted has a pas­sion to bring his knowl­edge and for­ward-think­ing ideas to lead the men and women of the sher­iff’s of­fice.

Dur­ing the past 12 years, the sher­iff’s of­fice has ex­pe­ri­enced a turnover of more than 100 of­fi­cers, and sev­eral years of up to 20 to 25 deputy va­can­cies. The de­ten­tion cen­ter has sim­i­larly ex­pe­ri­enced high turnovers and va­can­cies. In ad­di­tion, the cit­i­zens have lost a vi­tal in­ves­tiga- tive ini­tia­tive which be­gan dur­ing my term in of­fice. The Crim­i­nal Bu­reau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion was al­lowed to be dis­solved. This ini­tia­tive brought to­gether in­ves­ti­ga­tors from the sher­iff’s of­fice and Mary­land State Po­lice to work in uni­son, un­der one roof, to share in­for­ma­tion and solve crimes. It was a sad day when the cit­i­zens lost this ini­tia­tive.

Ted Bel­leav­oine has the ex­pe­ri­ence, lead­er­ship abil­ity and ded­i­ca­tion to the com­mu­nity to be the next sher­iff of St. Mary’s County. This is why I am en­dors­ing him, and urge you to vote for Demo­crat Ted Bel­leav­oine on Nov. 6.

David D. Zy­lak, Leonard­town

The writer was elected St. Mary’s sher­iff in 2002 as a Demo­crat and served un­til 2006.

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