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Letter to the Editor

My wife, Gretchen Havner, and I chose Lincoln County to raise our kids, Charlotte and Caroline (Coco) and until recently, we were fortunate to have my parents, Jack and Rosie, close by in Longview Hills. We have lived here for 12 years and we are thankful for the opportunities to be involved in our wonderful community, from youth sports, dance, youth orchestra, CAP shows, Library Board, Sam Case and NMS Boosters, and to have so many great friends here. I am writing this letter out of deep concern for our community and to share some of the things I have learned after 22 years practicing criminal law, with this being my 17th year as a prosecutor.

The District Attorney has many roles. The DA is the chief law enforcement position for our county, responsible for decisions that have livelong consequences for everyone involved; the chief policy administrator for the criminal justice system having to shape and institute programs, such as Drug Court, Hope Court, Mental Health Court and pre-filing disposition programs to tailor options to our community’s specific needs; the chief prosecutorial litigator responsible for not just cases, but also for the evaluation and hiring of new deputy district attorneys and skilled support staff and then for their ongoing training; the chief financial officer for the office, responsible for the efficient use of public resources to provide for a stable budget, even in unstable times; an important community leader, responsible for being knowledgeable about our entire community and its history, culture, economic, business and social needs; and the DA is ultimately responsible for prosecutorial ethics, defense of our Constitutions, and protection of the separation of powers to maintain the integrity and independence of the office from undue influence from other parts of the criminal justice system.

We rely on experience to dodge pitfalls that we have stepped in before, and to prepare for the changes that always come.  There is no substitute or quick fix to make up for the experience that is attained over time. Local knowledge and respect must be earned over years in our community, and are irreplaceable.

Jonathan Cable is the 6th DA I have worked for. I have been blessed to work for some exceptional DAs.  I can assure you that Jonathan Cable is the only candidate for DA that is able to fill all of these roles. I am very thankful, on behalf of my family and community, that he is our DA. I strongly encourage you to vote for him to keep all of the experience and integrity he brings to this incredibly important position.

Brian Gardner

Chief Deputy District Attorney, Lincoln County

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