September 21, 2012

Matt Shea



I want to thank Sheriff Knezovich for his openness in evaluating the training presented by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The law enforcement training program developed by Sheriff Knezovich, while drawing nationwide attention and participants, has had a positive fiscal impact instead of being a burden on taxpayers. 

Last year I was invited to, and attended, a training seminar hosted by Sheriff Knezovich. The seminar was presented by the extremely liberal Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).  I wanted to see for myself whether rumors I had heard about the SPLC were true. I observed that they demonized several well respected conservative organizations by name and one local grassroots leader in particular. This was in addition to designating organizations, like the well-known Family Research Council, as a “hate group” (Click here for article). Needless to say I was appalled.  

After several discussions with Sheriff Knezovich, it was clear to me that he had no knowledge of the SPLC’s radical leftwing agenda.  In addition, I want to thank him personally for taking the extraordinary step of stating publically that he will never again sponsor an event with the SPLC or similar groups.  Likewise, I have committed to Sheriff Knezovich that I will voice any concerns I may have about an organization prior to the event and provide him with information to allow for a more balanced decision.

Thank you Sheriff Knezovich for your diplomatic approach to the SPLC situation, and I look forward to working with you again in the future for the benefit of all whom we serve.


Matt Shea




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