The campaign for sheriff in San Juan County is getting heated.
It started with a radio ad from Republican candidate Tommy Bolack, who’s running on the campaign slogan, “Let’s clean up our streets.”
Current Sheriff Ken Christensen had a serious issue with it and responded via Facebook.
“Since 2014, our calls for service have dropped nearly 24 percent… citations are down 24 percent, but traffic stops are up almost 29 percent,” he said.
Sheriff Christensen claims the data Bolack’s office is using incorporates the Navajo Nation and other jurisdictions and wants to set the record straight.
Bolack’s campaign says they stand by the numbers, which they say come from easily accessible crime data.
They also call Christensen’s response unethical being that it was launched from a taxpayer-funded office on taxpayer time:
“The fact that this attack was launched from a taxpayer funded office on taxpayer time is at worst illegal and at best unethical according to the Governmental Conduct Act. All the statistics used in this ad come directly from the San Juan County Sheriff’s office or easily accessible crime data. We know politicians lie but the numbers don’t. No unethical video will stop me from speaking the truth against the status quo and I’ll never backdown from doing what’s right.” – Tommy Bolack
Ken Christensen is not running for re-election, but his undersheriff, Shane Ferrari, is.