LETTER: Mike Heavey Endorses John Urquhart for King County Sheriff

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I am writing in support of John Urquhart for King County Sheriff.  He has spent the last 36 years of his life serving the public as a police officer and has worked in all levels of the Sheriff’s Office.  Prior to becoming a full-time police officer, he was a successful small business owner with over 60 employees.  John’s background makes him the best candidate to handle the $160 million budget of the Sheriff’s Office.

John retired last year, but was urged to run for Sheriff by individuals up and down the ranks of the Sheriff’s Office.  Let’s be blunt, the Sheriff’s Office has received two devastating audits, lost over 100 citizen complaints (including many in our area), failed to properly review officer-involved shootings, and has a $9 million sexual harassment claim against it.

I am concerned that small issues of integrity are larger indictments of mismanagement we have seen in Mr. Strachan’s short time as the appointed Sheriff. The law is very clear: no use of public dollars to further political campaigns. Yet Mr. Strachan, as recently as last month, was found to have violated the King County Ethics Code for using government resources in his campaign, including campaigning in uniform at the King County Republican Picnic.

John has the leadership skills to get the Sheriff’s Office back on track.  He preaches a message of accountability, something the Sheriff’s Office is sorely lacking right now.  Please join me in supporting John Urquhart for Sheriff!

– Mike Heavey

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3 Responses to “LETTER: Mike Heavey Endorses John Urquhart for King County Sheriff”
  1. Jack Block Jr. says:

    Mike, you’re right on. Burien contracts for police services with the KCSO, so it is vital to our citizens to have the right person as Sheriff. John’s experience as a successful business owner, front line deputy, and public spokesman for the KCSO give him the broad background and perspective needed to successfully run a large public agency. It’s time for a Sheriff who embraces, not hides, from public oversight. John Urquhart is that man. I voted for John Urquhart and encourage the citizens of Burien to do the same.

  2. steve says:

    Great to see the Citizens spoke loud and clear on a Sheriff who is a cop and decisive. Strachan was a nice guy but too into pleasing politicians, changing his views and just using the job as a step to something bigger.

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