I have had the pleasure of meeting Tony Hillerman through the county jail ministries program while working as a corrections officer. I began to know Tony on a first name basis, just from the brief moments of helping him enter/exit the facility. It is an inspiration to my generation and generations to come, to show his dedication to serving people, especially to people in a jail setting.
In today's society, people tend to be driven by financial gain and less on truly helping people with real life problems. The dedication to take time away from his family and use it to make a positive impact on others is a testament to his character. I believe Tony Hillerman deserves the position of assessor for Benton County, with his knowledge and many years of service/dedication with the assessor's office.
CHRIS BABCOCK, Kennewick