I have observed and worked with Captain Hardman in another arena – where his leadership has excelled in being willing to “prepare to win” despite differences of opinion. Captain Hardman and I have shared consultations with local churches as they face difficult and seemingly insurmountable challenges. When all the facts get laid on the table, Captain Hardman listens to our constituents’ dreams, fears, and sometimes deadlocked attitudes. Still, he and I “stay at the table” with our constituents. Lines of communication are kept open. Listening and dreaming are sought with a strong grip.
Captain Hardman always displays an unshakable commitment to never lose sight of each local church’s mission and purpose. “Staying at the table” opens doors to new ideas, new ways of accomplishing new goals, and building strong bridges over once-thought insurmountable problems.
Wayne County has been facing tough challenges and choices – especially in our total local law enforcement parameters. Former patterns and programs have been re-evaluated. Some have been discontinued. Some have been realigned into new networks across additional law enforcement services and across adjacent counties. Budget cuts, staffing realignments, and revenue sharing never come easy without being sensitive, creative, and committed completely to a win-win situation for our residents, and our law enforcement needs of Wayne County. “Staying at the table” for good communication and the hard work of discovering productive solutions are personal and professional qualities Captain Hardman possesses and demonstrates. As a retired United Methodist Clergy, I have seen firsthand how Charles Hardman approaches problem solving. As a Wayne County resident, I see how Captain Hardman continues to demonstrate his “will to prepare to win.” Captain Hardman demonstrates his constant willingness to prepare – no matter what the challenges. His goal is to see that we residents of Wayne County and law enforcement of Wayne County continue as a winning team. Support Captain Charles Hardman as our next Wayne County Sheriff.
Rev. Dennis O. Rinehart
Retired United Methodist Clergy
Published: February 23, 2012