Letter: David Waters Defends Record
The man hoping to become Cherokee County's next sheriff said he was not behind the release of photos that show Sheriff Roger Garrison in a Ku Klux Klan hood and robe.
1. First and foremost, I had nothing to do with the release of the photos nor did anyone in my campaign. Mr. Garrison’s allegations in this regard are completely false. Roger is correct however when he admits that it was a big mistake for him to wear the robe of the Ku Klux Klan. I totally agree with Roger on that point: It was a big mistake. There is no one in this County that wants to see their Sheriff dressed as a Klansman. That behavior is out-of-bounds no matter where; no matter when; no matter who. But it is particularly out-of-bounds for a law enforcement officer to dress-up as a Klansman. Roger was a police officer at the time. A police officer dressed as a Klansman is a fatal mistake to many citizens, especially when that officer is running for Sheriff.
2. Roger is also incorrect about his allegations about demotions. I have taken one demotion in my 30+ years in law enforcement which was a voluntary step-back when a new sheriff was elected to my administration. I voluntarily stepped down when I was asked to allow this new sheriff to bring in his own command staff. This is common in every administration change as I have been through eight administration changes during my career.
3. Roger is also incorrect in his allegations of my current duties and positions with the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office. I am currently a commander with multiple umbrellas of duty. My record and experience is extensive as are my current duties.
4. Roger was also wrong to inject my family into this campaign. This campaign must remain a campaign about the issues that face the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and I will keep my campaign focused on those issues. Regrettably, because of Roger’s admitted mistake of dressing as a Klansman, that incident has understandably become a genuine issue in this campaign. Roger must address this issue himself before the voters as he is the one that did it. He dressed as a Klansman. Additionally, Mr. Garrison should address that matter without making false allegations against me.
I hope to become your sheriff and humbly ask you for your vote on July 31 to begin a positive change within your sheriff’s department.
David Waters, candidate for sheriff.