After reading Ann Dickenson’s Jan. 3 letter I’ve decided to vote for Randy Plemons for McLennan County sheriff. She stated that Parnell McNamara is not a certified peace officer and he would need certification if elected. That means taxpayers would be paying him a salary while he is going to school. Who would be running the sheriff’s office then?

Plemons has already prepared himself for the job as sheriff. According to his advertisement in Waco Today magazine, Plemons graduated from the McLennan Community College Police Academy, Secret Service Dignitary Protection School in Washington, D.C. and the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va. He has been with the sheriff’s office for more than two decades and chief deputy for 11 years. He oversees 370 employees. Helping the sheriff all those years certainly would make him well informed in the day-to-day requirements of being the next sheriff.

Awards are impressive, but credentials and experience with the office must come first. Plemons gets my vote.

Rosemary Bradburn, Waco