Letters to the Editor

Letter: Chaplain proud of Pasco Police Department

There will be a meeting with all clergy in Pasco and our chief of police, Bob Metzger, at 10 a.m. Oct. 22 at the Pasco Police Training Center.

As chaplain of the Pasco Police Department, and as pastor of Fountain of Grace Assemblies of God, I would like to respond to the recent article regarding the Latino Civic Alliance meeting. The alliance puts “fault” for reaching out to “some” Hispanic clergy? That is simply not true! I have personally sent out invites to all the clergy I can come in contact with and everyone is welcome to attend these meetings, which help our jobs to better reach out and serve our community and our city.

I do not agree with nor appreciate Leo Peralta’s accusation of “tokenism at its finest.” As clergy, I feel proud that Bob Metzger considers and hears our concerns and allows us to do our jobs with love and compassion.

I love the Tri-Cities. I live in Pasco and am proud and honored to be the pastor of an amazing congregation, Fuente de Gracia Assemblies of God in Kennewick. And I am proud and honored to be a chaplain of the Pasco Police Department and especially proud of our police chief Bob Metzger.

Adelita Martinez

Pasco Police Department Chaplain