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May 17, 2012

THE PEOPLE SPEAK – Keep sheriff with positive results

In 2000 when Charles Pearson was elected sheriff in Muskogee County there were 12 deputies. There are now 38 full-time deputies, a multi-agency drug team, and a beefed up investigation unit. He was involved with the creation of a county-wide emergency call center. All the things were progress made during his tenure.

Sheriff Pearson uses the money allotted to him very carefully. When he makes changes in his department, he takes the public safety, his employees and the inmates into consideration. He makes only positive changes and takes his position very seriously. He is now in the process of checking out computers to be installed in deputy cars. He is making sure they are the best for the money before spending money for them. He now has a way for visitors of inmates in jail to visit them. This is saving time and also a safety precaution for inmates and visitors.

During the disaster of New Orleans he used his own funds and he and his family reunited a young boy with his family. I have had family members and friends in the Muskogee County Jail and they were all treated fairly and with respect. Any inmate wanting to do better will be referred to the proper place to receive the help. The sheriff has friendly, professional, and knowledgeable people working at the courthouse and the jail. They are very helpful and if they don’t have an answer to a question, they will refer you to a person with the answer.

Sheriff Pearson is fair, honest, has a Christian attitude, and treats others as he wants to be treated. Let’s keep the sheriff with the experience to do the same great job as he has done in the past.

LOIS IVEY

Fort Gibson

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