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Stroe, a Strong Sheriff Candidate


Dear Editor,

Matt Stroe will be a strong sheriff that will serve with honesty and dignity.

Matt started his criminal justice career as a juvenile corrections officer, completing the state academy in 2006.

Sheriff Humphreys hired Matt in June 2007 as a deputy sheriff. After months of field training Matt was cleared to patrol prior to going to police academy in the late fall of 2007.

At police academy, Matt completed all but the last two-and-a-half weeks of a 20-week academy in 2008 before he was injured by an overzealous instructor during defensive tactics training. Surgery was required, so Matt left academy. Because of the academy curriculum, Matt essentially completed the main blocks of instruction, which are criminal law, patrol procedures and firearms training.

After surgery and months of physical therapy Matt returned to police academy in August of 2009. Misfortune struck again when he reinjured his knee in a fall after three weeks, having yet again to leave for another surgery. During these times of rehabilitation, Matt was on light duty and helped all the deputies with a variety of investigations.

Matt was assigned to a position within the detectives bureau as the crime scene analysis technician. Here he had the responsibility of collecting evidence, photographing and diagramming crime scenes, analyzing evidence and preparing reports. This work greatly benefited the detective bureau and all of patrol. Besides this, Matt did a “myriad of jobs,” according to the Sheriff. Matt completed additional training to include four separate 40-hour certifications, one of which was FBI crime scene processing and introduction to forensics.

Matt was a vital key as he provided invaluable assistance in most of the homicide investigations that occurred during his tenure at the sheriff’s office, including a very high-profile case.

Matt performed the duties of patrol officers and detectives, and in addition has done specialized work as the evidence technician and sex offender registration coordinator. These various responsibilities give him a unique and extremely well-rounded background that few deputies will ever accomplish.

When you combine Matt’s criminal justice experience with his time as the head of security at Whitman College, you easily can see he has a wealth of experience that will serve the community very well as sheriff. Please join me in supporting Matt Stroe for sheriff.

Gary Bolster

Det. Sgt. WWSO, retired

Walla Walla


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