It has been a great privilege and honor to have served the citizens of Coconino County as your Sheriff for more than three decades.
As a career low enforcement officer, I have seen many changes and met many challenges, but I have never lost my passion for public service and helping people. I am truly grateful for the support you’ve shown me.
There have been many exciting and demanding events including prison escapes, major manhunts, horrible crimes, planes crashes and search operations. I have served on our short-haul team and had the exhilaration of rappelling out of a helicopter and climbing the peaks on rescues.
Our county has grown dramatically and there are now thriving rural communities where there used to be nothing. It has always been a struggle to secure the manpower and resources to meet the ever increasing need for law enforcement services.
We now have a new Law Enforcement Facility co-located with the Flagstaff Police Department that features advanced technology in communications, records, computerized information systems and a new county jail with an inmate population averaging 450 inmates. We have come a long way and I’m proud of the leadership role I’ve had in the process.
I have been privileged to head an organization of the finest men and women who provide professional law enforcement service to the people of Coconino County. I am forever grateful for the friendship and support from citizens of all walks of life. I have had the opportunity to learn and share in the rich culture of our native people and to share special occasions with them.
After a great deal of thought and prayer and the urging of my wife and family, I have decided not to seek another term as your sheriff. It’s time to prepare to spend time with my family and pursue other interests.
My Chief Deputy Bill Pribil, who has been a friend and co-worker for more than 29 years, has announced his intention to run for sheriff, and I am pleased to endorse him. Bill is well qualified to run for the office. He is a man of absolute integrity and will carry on the tradition of serving our citizens with professional law enforcement services.
In addition to his years of first-hand experience with the department, Bill brings outstanding credentials which include a master’s degree in public administration, a graduate of the FBI National Academy, and many certificates of law enforcement training.
I have found him to be a trustworthy friend and a very competent administrator. I support Bill in his campaign and I strongly recommend him to you as the best choice to become the next Sheriff of Coconino County.
Again, I am grateful to the Lord for His guidance and protection, and for the friendship and support you’ve shown me as your Sheriff. God bless you.
Joe D. Richards,
Coconino County Sheriff
Oppose cuts in cancer care
Tremendous progress has occurred in the treatment and care of cancer patients in the past 30 years. It is expected that 1,334,100 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year. Sixty percent of these people will be of Medicare age. Most of the nearly 9,000,000 current American survivors were able to have treatment in their own communities.
Optimism should be at an all time high with the advancement in our understanding of cancer biology and genetics and with numerous new drugs and strategies being tested. Unfortunately, current Medicare legislation in both the House and Senate propose drastic cuts in cancer care, amounting to an estimated $16 billion over the next 10 years. These cuts have been proposed in order to fund a prescription plan for seniors. We support help for Medicare beneficiaries in reducing their drug costs, but it should not be at the expense of cancer treatment.
A recent Gallop poll found that Medicare reimbursement for chemotherapy was approximately 25 percent of the actual cost of administering such treatment.
An additional 30 percent reduction in the payment for chemotherapy drugs and supportive therapy will likely make it impossible to provide chemotherapy to Medicare patients in physician offices.
The cancer community—including patients, researchers, advocates and caregiver groups— strongly opposes these cuts. We need balanced reform that will strengthen the Medicare program, achieve real savings for Medicare patients, and preserve access to care for all-including cancer victims.
The Arizona Clinical
Albert G. Wendt,
Patrick J. Donovan,
MD, Vice President
Donald D. Brooks,
Deborah L. Lindquist,
Manuel R. Modiano, MD, Immediate Past President