CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Sometimes voters have the pleasure of choosing between two accomplished and meritorious candidates, as in this year's Putnam County sheriff's race. In a happily difficult choice, we recommend Bud Lett, a former state trooper and federal drug agent with 37 years of experience in law enforcement.
Lett, a Democrat, was born and raised in Putnam County, has a bachelor's degree in political science and history and a master's degree from Marshall University in occupational safety and health. He spent 25 years with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, rising to supervisor for the agency in West Virginia and for the Columbia, S.C., office. As a DEA special agent, he coordinated the Putnam County Drug Unit. He was a West Virginia state trooper for 10 years. Since retirement, he has served as the chief of police in Kenova.
As sheriff, he wants to rebuild the strength of Putnam County's drug task force, a group of officers from various agencies that work together to investigate drug crimes. Prescription drug abuse and meth labs are the biggest drug threats in Putnam County, he said. Feeding those habits contributes to all the other crime in the county and leads to "drug-endangered children."
Lett is a sound, experienced choice for Putnam County sheriff.