Letter: Rick Hannold accomplished much as commissioner


I have known Rick Hannold for eight years now. Rick is a person of the highest integrity, with proven experience not just a bunch of touchy feely political fluff. He believes that the county should be responsible in how they spend our hard-earned dollars. The focus of the commissioners should be in supporting projects or programs that create tangible, measurable results.

This is evidenced by some of his accomplishments in his last term in office from 2014 to 2018. Funding increases for added road deputies and corrections officers, improved training and equipment, purchased a new north precinct were all done with no new taxes. Also brought nurses, mental health and improved substance abuse treatment to the jail. All this was done with no new law and justice levy as was proposed prior to him taking office. It was paid out of the budget as it should be.

He created a team comprised of the sheriff, prosecutor, Public Works, code enforcement and Human Services and got homeless encampment on Carp Lake Road cleaned up, and is now a park setting. This team was successful in removing squatters and got drug house north of Troxell Road and Highway 20 torn down and site cleaned up and did same with Meth Lab and homeless encampment at Evendown Road in Freeland. We must continue to clean up our county and Rick knows how to do it!

Rick is a man of action with proven leadership. Retired Navy chief petty officer, Rick has lived in Island County for 35 years and is a plainspoken, no-nonsense, down-to-earth person; the kind of guy I want representing me, not just a smooth talker. I urge you all to vote for proven experience and get our county back on track in the right direction.

Andy Valrosa

Oak Harbor