I have served my country and my community for most of my adult life. I enlisted in the Marine Corps at 18. I have been fortunate to observe many excellent examples of leadership. With that in mind, I offer my opinion regarding Josh Clark as a candidate for sheriff.
One of the most important traits as a leader is to set the example. Josh Clark has set a good example by taking on many additional duties. He has worked as a patrol officer, a motorcycle officer, a detective, a coroner, a chemical agents instructor, a firearms instructor, a member of the civil disturbance unit, target enforcement unit and honor guard.
Josh Clark possesses incredible integrity. I have seen him perform his duty as captain of professional standards and undersheriff. His actions during the internal investigation of a deputy demonstrated that he puts the truth above all else. He did not attempt to minimize or hide the facts when the investigation indicated criminal activity on the part of one of our own. Josh held the individual accountable.
During my time working with Josh Clark, he has served the people of Missoula County with honor and commitment. In law enforcement, we take an oath of ethics that includes a promise to “serve the community, safeguard lives and property, protect the innocent, keep the peace, and ensure the constitutional rights of all are not abridged.” Josh Clark’s actions during his 21 years of service to Missoula clearly demonstrates his fulfillment of that oath.
It is for the above listed reasons and countless more that I write this letter to show my support for Josh Clark as the next sheriff of Missoula County. I hope that you will afford him the honor of serving the people of this county in that capacity.
Garrett Van Hoose