Anderson wants to end 'regime'

Write-in candidate urges new leadership

Posted 6/8/14

John Anderson has been a police officer for more than 36 years. He began his career at the Castle Rock Police Department, where he still serves.

He has worked in command and administration for 29 years and as SWAT commander for the past 13 years. …

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Anderson wants to end 'regime'

Write-in candidate urges new leadership


John Anderson has been a police officer for more than 36 years. He began his career at the Castle Rock Police Department, where he still serves.

He has worked in command and administration for 29 years and as SWAT commander for the past 13 years. He is a native of the town and served as a captain until 2012, when new Chief Jack Cauley eliminated the department's captain and lieutenant positions. Anderson also ran for the sheriff's office in 2006 against Sheriff Dave Weaver, whose second term expires in 2014.

Anderson has been named police officer of the year and citizen of the year and represented U.S. law enforcement in Vienna, Austria, where he met with officials and heads of state. In addition to law enforcement, he is also a private businessman and rancher.

With the primary election scheduled for June 24, Colorado Community Media asked three identical questions of the two Republican candidates for sheriff.

Why are you seeking this office?

As the Republican write-in candidate, I will bring back our founding values to the sheriff's office. I was born and raised here, raising my children and grandchildren here. My duty and passion is serving our county - I take it personally. The entrenched 33-year regime is stagnant and an elitist culture of intimidation is the norm. New leadership is needed to challenge the status quo and refocus on public safety, customer service and responsible spending.

What makes you the best person for the job?

Thirty-six years in law enforcement, 29 in command - every division and budget, extensive training and education, unmatched volunteerism, real-world experience as a successful private businessman knowing the value of a dollar vs. career government management, and strong partnerships with citizens and fellow agencies. Programs I instituted earned Castle Rock national recognition - Top Safest Towns in the US, Best Place to Raise a Family, Best Places to Live, etc. I will bring that to our county.

What do you believe is the most important issue in the eyes of the people you would serve if elected, and how would you approach this issue?

Our main purpose is to serve and protect. The current focus is empire building, "use it or lose it" spending, and incarceration vs. public safety. My focus is partnering with citizens through community policing, evaluating a bloated $1 million/week budget and unionized step-grade pay. I'll let voters decide if $20 million/year sales tax continues for pet projects instead of public safety.

The sheriff is not to be feared, but to protect you from those that threaten your rights. My conservative morals and values will ensure we respect you and your tax dollars, and bring new leadership to restore our founding values. 

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You must be kidding? Are there any standards for a "write-in" candidate to be sheriff? John Anderson trying to be the Douglas County Sheriff is insulting to this entire county - it is a horrible joke. It would embarrass every citizen that lived here if he were elected. He claims that HE WILL "let voters" decide how to spend $20 million on so called "pet projects"? The Sheriff doesn't make those decisions on how to spend tax payers' money that is the job of the Douglas County Commissioners. Is he admitting that he intends to do something illegal by not following the law? Or is this just one more example of his complete ignorance of how local government operates? Where was John Anderson when the addition to the medical facility was being proposed to tax payers in 1999? I can tell you where he was he was out playing the "cow whisperer." He has been quite as a church mouse about anything in our county until he decided that he was going to try to be the sheriff. He has been with the Castle Rock PD for 36 years but complains that Spurlock being at the Douglas County Sheriff's Office for 33 years is too long? How does that possibly make any sense? Why isn't anybody calling him out on this? He wasn't even qualified to be the Chief of Police at Castle Rock PD - he wasn't even considered for the position. He did not meet the bare minimum standards to lead the agency that he's worked at for 36 yrs, but now he wants to be the Sheriff in charge of 800 employees and a multi-million dollar budget. He has ADMITTED that he has NEVER worked in a jail, so how in the world does he think he could possibly be in charge of the jail or know how much it costs to operate a jail? I personally heard him say at a speaking engagement in Castle Rock that instead of having inmates treated on the premises at the jail that the inmates should intstead be sent to one of our 3 local hospitals in Douglas County. Has Skyridge, Parker or Castle Rock hospitals agreed to combine private health care with inmate health care? How much would that cost? ARE YOU KIDDING? I doubt that I'm alone when I say that I don't want my child sitting next to a pedophile or a rapist in an ER waiting room. After Anderson lost his campaign for sheriff against Weaver 8 years ago, then came in dead last at the County Assembly in another news story in this paper called Republicans in Douglas County "corrupt." Anderson is willing to team up with Lora Thomas - his one time worst enemy in the world - in an attempt to be sheriff. Lora Thomas publicly states that she endorses and support John Anderson. Was it not Lora Thomas that disclosed John Anderson's criminal history to the public? What a tangled web of nonsense. I called a campaign committee person for Tony Spurlock and asked why they had not addressed these issues about John Anderson. I was frustrated beyond words when I was told that they weren't going to publicly respond to Anderson's credibility because they believe that John Anderson isn't hurting Spurlock's campaign because nobody takes him seriously. And Spurlock's Committee said that the public doesn't want Spurlock to point out John's inaccuracies they believe the public wants Spurlock to ignore John's insults. What??? I'm appalled! I think Spurlock needs to inform the public about why John Anderson should NOT be sheriff. Shouldn't Spurlock educate the public about the ridiculous claims from Anderson? Have we as a society become so focused on "political correctness" that we don't want to know the truth? GOOD GRIEF! The absolute worst thing in the history of Douglas County would be for John Anderson to be elected as Sheriff.

Thursday, June 19, 2014