I have been employed with the Stark County Sheriff’s Office for 23 years. I am writing to inform Stark County of the positive changes that have taken place since George Maier has been sheriff (“George T. Maier sworn in as Stark County sheriff,” Feb. 9).
Overall, the morale has improved. There have been several funerals for retired officers or family members of the employees, and Sheriff Maier has been there to give support to the employees and the families, not only being at calling hours or services but also personally calling to give his condolences. Sheriff Maier has shown compassion toward the employees.
He visits the department beyond the 40-hour work week, not only to talk to employees but also to take interest in how we do our jobs. Sheriff Maier takes a personal interest in all of us and treats us equally. He listens to any concerns employees have. He has also held “meet and greets” with employees just so both can get to know each other. It is nice having an open-door policy.
The changes he has made have been after careful consideration, when needed, not just because he can make changes.
Sheriff Maier makes himself available to the employees and the public every day, which is a refreshing change. He takes his job very seriously. I hope he gets the opportunity to stay sheriff for Stark County (“Court says Swanson suit against Maier can proceed,” March 15).
Sheriff Maier will be good for the department and the residents of Stark County.
CHRIS BARKER, PERRY TOWNSHIP