Well, it's been this kind of week and with a possible hurricane (Erika) heading our way, we're just playing a little catch-up. Our first little note, about one of the best darn Sheriff's Osceola County has ever seen has planned to retire after serving this county, and its people for more than 40 years in January of next year. See below;
Osceola County – Today, Osceola County Sheriff Bob Hansell announced he will retire at the end of his term in January of 2017. At that time, he will have served more than 40 years at the Osceola County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Hansell was first elected to office in 2005 and is currently in his third term as chief law enforcement officer of Osceola County.
“During my career, it has been an honor and privilege to have worked with the men and women of the Osceola County Sheriff's Office protecting and serving our community. I am thankful for the tremendous support I have received from the community and I am grateful to the citizens of Osceola County for providing me this opportunity to serve them,” stated Sheriff Bob Hansell.
A fourth generation Floridian and life-long resident of Osceola County, Sheriff Hansell has been a veteran of the Sheriff's Office since 1976, having worked, supervised or managed all areas of the agency. He began as a deputy sheriff and earned promotions to the rank of sergeant, lieutenant and captain throughout his career, prior to being elected Sheriff. In addition, Sheriff Hansell has served as a member and commander of the agency’s SWAT team, and as the high-risk incident commander.
During his tenure, Osceola County has seen a reduction in crime within the unincorporated area of the county and Sheriff Hansell has re-established and implemented new programs and services to engage citizens and encourage community involvement.
“During the remaining sixteen months of my term, we will continue to provide the highest level of professional law enforcement services that this county has come to expect,” stated Sheriff Bob Hansell.
Sheriff Hansell will be sorely missed and quite frankly, not one of the already registered candidates for the office is even close to being a solid, community minded person. More on the politics later.
We just had to share this with everyone and we sure hope the writer will NOT be upset with us, but when this was sent to us a little while ago, we thought, why not post this to let the citizens of Osceola County know just what is going on and how some other citizens feel and what they're doing about it! The writer did not send this to us but did send it to a good friend who suggested we share with you, so here it is! Our hope is this may actually move several of you to sit down and express your thoughts on anything with anyone.
Oh, and by the way, we do realize this became public information when it hit the county, but the writer is a former Marine and if we've learned anything it's NOT to tick off a Marine!
Okay folks, the trip is on and our bags are NOT packed because the county refuses to buy us, or anyone else a ticket to China! Mike Harford will definitely be going on this alleged economic trip. We say alleged because we ask you all look at his business record. UNsuccessful in business, Harford will attempt to represent Osceola County in convincing China's government, a big human rights fan, on how & why they should come to Osceola County. Quite frankly, after speaking with many, no one really wants China to step foot back into the county. Yes, back, as in the old and worn Splendid China, the park the Chinese Government lost their shirts in. More concerning is Harford's lack of business ability to know what would draw additional business development into Osceola County. Just what would Harford answer when/if asked about the only adult entertainment themed district in Osceola County? And what on Earth would he know about ranching in SW Osceola County, or the chicken ranch smack in the middle of cow country? We believe he'll know little to nothing. In fact, we believe the Chinese Government could probably teach Harford a bit about Osceola County !
A new and loud debate has begun whether current Commissioner Mike Harford should take a roundtrip to China with an alleged purpose of gaining new business and tourists coming from China, the country with so many human rights issues one could say they're right up there with countries like North Korea, Iran, and Iraq, to name just a few!
First, it's amazing the Vice Chairman would take the trip instead of having the Chairman go. It is well known the Chinese government considers it a slight if a true head of state, or in this case, county does not make the trip. Next, we're absolutely sure their government will check out Mr Harford and learn that he's a poor businessman, at best, and is currently unemployed.
We must all remember, and consider Mr. Harford's business experience along with his International diplomacy and promotion.(Remember his South American jaunt?) Plus, he's been in many top level meetings around the globe, having his keen ear to the most influential world class business leaders of our time! He has also watched several episodes of "Shark Tank" to sharpen his negotiating skills! <---donated comment, thanks gargoyle!