Letter to the Editor

Finding a true leader

AtascaderoMay 22, 2014 

As a former Army officer, combat veteran and West Point graduate, I feel that I’m in a position to effectively assess an individual’s integrity and leadership skills. We have an honor code that states, “A (leader) will not lie, cheat, steal or tolerate those who do.”

Based on the recent actions of our county’s candidates for district attorney, Dan Dow has demonstrated that he’s willing to confront hard issues (and accusations) in a transparent and honorable manner. As an Army officer, I’d expect nothing less of him.

Leadership is influencing people by providing purpose, direction and motivation, while operating to accomplish the mission and improve the organization. A district attorney who equips and supports staff to enable them to efficiently perform their jobs will be a more effective leader than one who micromanages the team.

While Gen. George S. Patton thoroughly understood the capabilities and limitations of the battle tanks he rolled across Europe, he never told a crew how to operate one. Dan Dow’s collaborative leadership style will allow his staff to excel at their individual tasks, which benefits all of us in this county.

I believe that Dan Dow is the best man to lead our District Attorney’s Office with integrity and character.

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