In my 20 years of public service as sheriff of Boone County, I learned firsthand the importance of working cooperatively with the county's public officials, who provide the many public services that preserve the quality of life we value so highly.
I also learned that a community's reputation, so critical to economic growth, could easily be compromised. That is why I was always careful to balance the needs of our citizens and neighborhoods with those of our business community. And, yes, I learned that it is hard to satisfy every need with limited resources.
I know that Scott Christianson shares my views on these important issues. He has gained my respect as an individual who listens carefully to all sides of an issue, engages in a focused, civil discussion to understand them better and then makes a timely decision. These qualities, more than ever, are critical to good government.
I am confident that Scott supports the progressive public safety agenda for which Boone County is known and he will work hard to ensure that Boone County is an ideal place for our citizens to live, work and thrive.
We need exceptional and energetic leadership to maintain what we have and to lead us into the future we envision. Scott is a man who can deliver for all of us. Please join me in voting for Scott on Aug. 3rd.
Ted Boehm is the former Boone County Sheriff and lives in Columbia.