04/10/2017 Letter to Commissioners Regarding Sheriff
Benton County Republican Party
P. O. Box 2141, Richland, WA 99352
April 10, 2017
Commissioner Jim Beaver Commissioner Jerome Delvin Commissioner Shon Small
Dear Benton County Commissioners:
In accordance with the Washington State Constitution, Article II, Section 15, the Benton County Republican Party (BCRP), Central Committee is providing to the County Commissioners three nominations for the open position of Benton County Sheriff. There were three nominations submitted to the Nominating Committee: Bob Brockman, Jerry Hatcher, and Ken Lattin. The Nominating Committee interviewed each of these nominees and ranked them on 21 evaluation criteria. Each member of the Nominating Committee independently ranked each nominee on each criterion on a scale of 1 to 10, with a maximum possible ranking of 210. The rankings of each Committee member were then averaged for a final ranking.
We are pleased to report to the County Commissioners that each of the three nominees were found to be well-qualified. However, the interviews and the answers to 12 questions asked of each nominee revealed quantifiable variation in their credentials and qualifications. The final rankings were as follows:
Jerry Hatcher 197.4 Ken Lattin 165.0 Bob Brockman 156.6
On Thursday, April 6, 2017, the BCRP Central Committee met and received a report from the Nominating Committee including the information above. The Central Committee also received a brief “voter’s guide” statement from each nominee, and each nominee made a presentation to the Central Committee describing his credentials and qualifications for the position of Sheriff. The Central Committee, in a closed session, deliberated the nominations and possible methods for ranking the nominees. A final decision was made by the Central Committee to forward all three of the nominees to the County Commissioners with the rankings determined by the Nominating Committee.
With the information provided in this letter, the County Commissioners can now fulfill their constitutional duty and appoint the new Benton County Sheriff.
On behalf of the Benton County Republican Party, we are very pleased to have participated in the process of providing three nominees for Sheriff to the County Commissioners. The citizens of Benton County are indeed fortunate to have such well-qualified nominees and representatives of the law enforcement community for the position of Sheriff.
Original Signed by
Bill Berkman Chair
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