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Crider is the Man Needed for Sheriff


Dear Editor

Walla Walla and law enforcement are in my blood. My uncle, Arthur Klundt, was Sheriff of Walla Walla County in the 1960s and 1970s. My cousin, Kenneth “Buzz” Klundt, was Sheriff in the early 1980s. They inspired me to pursue a career in law enforcement, which I started at the Walla Walla County Jail in 1983. In 1984, I became a deputy with the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office. By March of 1985 I had transferred to the Washington State Patrol, where I’ve spent the last 33 years. The last 23 years of my career have been spent with the Walla Walla Detachment. I’ve had countless interactions with the Sheriff’s Office and have watched it transform into the professional and modern law enforcement agency it is today. In the last decade or so, the Sheriff’s Office has pursued a standard of excellence that has made it one of the premiere law enforcement agencies in the State of Washington. The only way to continue moving the Sheriff’s Office in the right direction is to ensure that the right leader and team are at the helm. The right man for the job is Mark Crider.

I first met Mark about a year ago when he was interviewing for the position of Chief Criminal Deputy. I didn’t know anything about him except that he was an FBI agent at the Spokane Field Office. As I began to get to know Mark, I was impressed with his training and experience. He had spent much of his career working with local law enforcement agencies involved in a variety of task forces that included everything from countering drugs to violent crime to bank robbery. Mark headed up FBI operations in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay as a Special Agent in Charge. He was a graduate of the FBI’s SWAT and sniper courses. But most of all, Mark was guy who was willing to assist others and, more importantly, learn from others to develop a cohesive and effective team. He was a leader, and when I heard Mark had been selected as the next Undersheriff, I knew the Sheriff’s Office had gained an extremely valuable team member.

Without a shadow of a doubt, Mark Crider is the man we need to be the next Sheriff of Walla Walla County.

Joe Klundt

Walla Walla


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