Letter: Cheney right for job
I have known Jeff Cheney for over 15 years; six of those in the DA’s office as his legal assistant. The first time I observed one of his many jury trials, I was amazed at his professionalism and skill as a trial attorney. By the end of jury selection, he had memorized every juror’s name.
With me having over 21 years of legal experience, I have never witnessed a better trial attorney, and I never worked for a better leader. Jeff always treated staff, those accused and victims with the same respect he showed prosecutors and judges. This made all of us respect him. He is the perfect and only true leader for the DA’s office.
After 9/11, as military reservist, Jeff was tormented he was not serving our country. Despite being a devoted husband and father, Jeff made the agonizing decision to not only leave a job he loved, but also leave his wife, daughter and toddler son to serve our country overseas. While in Iraq, Jeff insisted on being in the enemy line of fire and went on many dangerous foot patrols. He put his life on hold, as well as in danger, for well over a year to serve the country he dearly loves.
Along with Jeff, I was involved with Sherry Caloia in the effort to recall DA Truden. One of our concerns about Ms. Truden was that she wanted to unnecessarily remodel the DA’s office. When DA Truden took office, Garfield County had already allocated additional space to the DA’s office and remodeled this space so that all the legal assistants had their own area, leaving us plenty of space.
With Sherry expressing the most outrage in the news media regarding then DA Truden’s “plan” to remodel, I was shocked that, as DA, Sherry recently found it necessary to actually spend $1 million of taxpayer funds to remodel offices that were already remodeled. This money could have been better spent disbursing pay increases to the hard-working employees.
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