By John D’Agostoni
Another year has passed and another holiday season is upon us. This is a time of year to reflect on the year that was and the year that soon will be. From a personal standpoint, it’s a time to reflect on the priorities in life; faith, family, friendship, health and happiness. From a professional standpoint, it’s a time to take a few steps back and assess our progress, re-evaluate our priorities and prepare ourselves for the year to come.
This season is a time for family gatherings and celebrations. Whether it is families traveling to a relative’s home to celebrate or friends venturing out for their holiday shopping, these trips typically require driving. All of our area law enforcement agencies will be working around the clock to ensure the safety of our community out enjoying Christmas and New Year parties and celebrations, but we also look to each and every person to take responsibility for their actions, drink sensibly, and not drive after drinking.
At all levels of government and private industry we are still facing an uncertain fiscal future. As you know our sheriff’s office and employees have made significant budget reductions doing their part to assist the county attain a balanced budget without reducing the level of service to our community.
I want you to know that providing public safety services will continue to be my highest priority and I will ensure that when you need our assistance, we will be there.
My vision is to maintain one of the best law enforcement agencies in California, building on the hard work and service provided by the dedicated employees at the sheriff’s office. Your sheriff’s office consists of highly professional, well trained staff, with access to some of the most reliable equipment and technology available to law enforcement. With these tools and a commitment to public service, our level of interaction with the community will increase and I will work hard to protect your rights and our foothill lifestyle.
Please know that we work for you and accept my wishes for a happy and safe holiday season for you and those you hold dear.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and all you cherish.
John D’Agostoni is sheriff of El Dorado County.