In Our Opinion
While the Resorter doesn't often endorse candidates for elected office, next Tuesday's election poses a unique challenge that the editorial board of the Resorter believes is worthy of attention. We are urging support for Randy Stevenson as sheriff of Roscommon County for the next four years. We make this endorsement without consideration of party membership, but with total consideration of experience and qualification for the office of sheriff.
Stevenson has 34 years of police experience and was police academy trained at Delta College. He is a professional in every sense of the word. Stevenson's experience and credentials are impeccable and above reproach, while those of his opponent fail to reach even a rudimentary level of credibility. Stevenson's opponent has no law enforcement experience and he has no training as a certified police officer.
Stevenson has experience in all phases of law enforcement from being a marine deputy, township police officer, jail administrator and undersheriff for eight years. Stevenson has been a resident of Roscommon County 41 years. There probably aren't too many areas of the county he hasn't personally traversed.
Stevenson has had the benefit of working under veteran law enforcement leaders and is an experienced and trained administrator. He has had the advantage of attending the National Institute of Corrections school for jail administrators in Longmont, CO, as well as the Michigan Sheriff's Association school for jail administrators and undersheriffs. These are qualifications that voters should expect, and demand, from their candidate. Effective law enforcement leadership requires this experience and only Stevenson has the qualifications and experience.
In our opinion, Stevenson is the only choice for Roscommon County voters.