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Reader Opinion: Sheriff attempts a deception   

Goddard attempted to mislead readers by saying his office wasn't mandated to respond to an employee survey.

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Complements to the Dispatch for their clarification!

Sheriff Goddard, in an Oct. 19 article, originally stated the survey wasn’t mandatory in his office, which led to a lower response rate than other county departments.

Goddard attempted to mislead readers by saying his office wasn't mandated to respond to an employee survey, which implies other county departments were mandated to respond.

No employee in any department was mandated to respond, and this type of deception by a sheriff is unacceptable.

It also appears County Administrator Tim Houle recognizes Goddard could be doing a better job when he said, “participation was highly encouraged in departments headed by appointed leaders.”

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Goddard’s department and jail had the lowest response of all county departments which is a major indicator of a lack of leadership, especially when appointed department heads can produce a better response from their employees than any elected department head can.

Ben Murdock

Brainerd

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