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Employee of Sheriff Comes to His Defense 

As an employee of Sheriff Woody at the Richmond City Jail, I was appalled regarding the accusations made against him in your magazine through a few disgruntled employees ("Trouble on the Block," Cover Story, March 21).

These individuals profess to know Sheriff Woody, but they truly know nothing of his character, fairness or honesty toward his staff, inmates or their families. I notice you had very little in print about Mr. Garrett and Mr. Aycock's background or life.

The citizens of Richmond know Sheriff Woody better than Staff Reporter Chris Dovi or the individuals who gave him the information printed. Obviously you do not print articles from fact, rather from conversations, not knowing or caring whether the content is truth.

Sheriff Woody is required to make daily decisions affecting the lives of many people and always goes above and beyond the word fairness. He is presented with seemingly unsolvable problems, but he finds the time and patience, pulling from his knowledge of the streets to his growing knowledge and understanding of the jail system. He is a man of compassion and sincerely cares about the inmates, their families and most definitely the future of his employees.

Sheriff Woody expects accountability from his staff and it matters not to him your race. With a jail where there are more black employees than Caucasian, how can you expect equality in any type polling you present?

Chris Dovi made mention of Sheriff Woody hiring family members. Mr. Dovi should poll the companies of Richmond and give us numbers on how many hire family members. The state of Virginia hires qualified family members, so why not the City Jail?

Suggestion: For future articles, why not have your staff actually research the articles you allow to be printed so they might contain actual facts, because the majority of the article concerning Sheriff Woody was more fiction!

Barbara Jones

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