Sheriff candidate should have anticipated fallout from run

To the Editor:

Sheriff-candidate Mike Major’s lament [Shelburne News, Aug. 23: “Sheriff candidate Mike Major steps down after primary bid”] that he “must resign,” is obviously a political problem intrinsic to the Chittenden County Sheriff’s Office, which is obviously a joke.

Nobody held a gun to Major’s head to force him to run for sheriff and nobody held a gun to Major’s head to force him to resign.

Major knew the obvious potential, internecine battles and consequences of challenging his boss to be sheriff, and the potential inter-office discomforts that would surface.

The fact that Major’s boss, Kevin McLaughlin demoted Major and then just as quickly promoted him, if Major would resign, just uncovers the fact that the sheriff’s office is a circle of preschool crybabies, rivalling Barney Fife. Aunt Bea would have a fit if Andy and Barney behaved this way. The sheriff’s office needs to grow up.

Daniel G. Cohen
Burlington

2 Responses to "Sheriff candidate should have anticipated fallout from run"

  1. Everett Burns   September 7, 2018 at 10:57 am

    Why is it that people just have the need to respond to things they obviously have no clue about? Before you start showing just how uninformed you really are, do a fact check. It was not the the Sheriff who said “I will promote you back if you resign,” it was Mike Major who said that. It was unfortunate that the turmoil and tension was created to begin with, but I can assure you the Sheriff’s Office is up and running better than ever. This Office has always been there to serve and will continue to do so no matter who is employed or not. This has never been a “one person show” and net will be.

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  2. Dan Cohen   September 10, 2018 at 7:24 pm

    I would note that, it is what it is. It does not matter which Sheriff said what or what the Deputy said. They both act like Barney Fife. And they both belong in a sandbox with Tonka toys and plastic pistols, or better yet, squirt guns. Be real. That’s what Aunt Bea would say.

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