To the editor:
I have had the pleasure of knowing Shain Stephens for quite a few years. I have also had the pleasure of working with Shain at the Paris Police Department. I am hampered by a limit of 300 words contained in this endorsement letter. I could not possibly communicate to the reader the type of officer Shain Stephens is by using only 300 words. I shall try nonetheless.
A law enforcement officer must posses at least two things above all others. Professionalism and integrity. First, Shain Stephens is the face of professionalism. Shain exhibited this as a state trooper and he continues to do so at the Paris Police Department. Integrity is a word that is thrown around during election time as a political reference to honesty. Integrity means so much more. The word carries weight that Shain Stephens can shoulder. Honesty and integrity should be synonymous with the word Sheriff. Honesty and integrity will be the cornerstone of the Sheriff’s office if Shain Stephens is elected. He has brought so much to the Paris Police Department over the last few years - things that I did not know were lacking. When someone is exposed to a law enforcement officer that displays such moral character, professionalism, integrity, honesty, caring, devotion as well as a genuine love for his job, you can not help but strive to posses the same attributes.
He has made me a better person by just knowing him. I can not imagine the amazing things he can do as your sheriff in Harrison County. I can not think of anyone more morally and professionally qualified to hold this position. Thank you, Shain, for everything you have brought to our department in Paris.
Officer Christopher W. Livingood
Paris Police Department