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home : opinion : opinion October 20, 2014

8/12/2014 12:17:00 PM
Letter to the editor in response to Key Stone Cops magazine article

Dear Editor:

I must respond to a magazine article distributed to all the households of Dodge County that made reference to the operations of the county as analogous to the Keystone Cops. This article is a farce and also an insult to all the citizens of Dodge County. This article was written by a bitter person who's false accusations, blatant disregard to complete facts and incongruent arguments has inspired me to retort.

As a prior military officer and veteran, I pledged allegiance to my fellow citizens to defend against all enemies, foreign and domestic. The person who willfully wrote and distributed this article is in my mind an enemy of all that is good with our county. I am proud to be a citizen of Dodge County. I also am a County Commissioner but write this reaction as a private citizen and in no way is this response sanctioned by the County. I have found Dodge County to be an excellent place to live, prosper and raise a family. I have found the employees of Dodge County to be honest, sincere and truly dedicated to make Dodge the best county in the State. Do they make mistakes? Yes, just like all of us make mistakes, but once the mistake is recognized, they work diligently to correct the error.

The inciting nature of the reference article is truly a one sided view of jaded conclusions of an embittered person. I hope all those who read this article accept it as suspicious view and in no way reflects the true professional operations within the county. My promise to the citizens is that I will work tirelessly to ensure proper candor, ethics and commitment are displayed by all who work on your behalf.

Rod Peterson

Kasson


Claremont Service


Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Article comment by: Gregory Knudson

As a former resident and alumni of DCHS I feel I have a right to weigh in on this.
As with any municipality there are citizens who rise to positions of authority and affluence, political movers and shakers if you will.
I see this article as politically motivated against those the author sees as collectively abusing their positions of authority. If it stirs up debate among the citizens all the better for everyone. The author is not alone in his sentiments. I understand that Jim Jensen's election to sheriff stirred up controversy within the department but the alleged insubordination may have had merit for the sheriff to fire him. I see many instances of the city's "affluent" getting what they want, sometimes buy nearly any means necessary! My standing joke is that, while respecting Wally Hitt, we may want to change the name of the new football field at Triton to "Corporate Influence Field". Donating artificial turf to the district was a nice gesture, never mind that the district had to spend a great deal of money prepping the site. I should think that the "movers and shakers" should refrain from pushing any new bonding bills, at least in the near future.


Posted: Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Article comment by: Tom Gall

Rod,

When you are an elected official, there is no commenting as a private citizen. You are an elected official until your term ends or you resign.

I completely agree that the piece in question was a journalistic farce. You are a County Commissioner, the buck stops with you when it comes to ills real or imagined involving the Sheriffs department.

It troubles me greatly that over the years, issues involving the Sheriff's department (real or imagined) garner no action by the County Commissioners.

Dodge County deserves a professional police force. If we don't have that at any level, it's your job to fix it.

Respectfully
Tom Gall
Former Mayor, Mantorville


Posted: Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Article comment by: Sandra Gregor

It seems the author of the article distributed to Dodge County residents implies he is bringing all of the "controversies" of the Dodge County police department and administration to light without bias. If he is truly writing a thorough, unbiased article, why is the unexpected and unwarranted firing of Chief Deputy Mike Leonhardt by Sheriff Jensen - which caused quite a department and public uproar - not even mentioned? It seems clear to me that the true intent of the article was to inflict public harm to the reputations of some of the members in the department and by choice leave others untouched.

Posted: Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Article comment by: Christopher Mccaskey

As a retired chief petty officer I agree whole heartedly. It was a shameful ploy.



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