A friend of mind contacted me about someone he knew that was running for Sheriff in Idaho and wanted to get his name out there some more. I told him to give this person my number and we would talk. That very evening my phone rang. We talked for a short time and set up an interview for the next evening.
Micah is very easy person to talk to and very driven to bring all that he can to the position if elected. Many sheriffs do not understand what their responsibility under the constitution is or the slightest clue on how to apply it or uphold it even if they did understand just a little; Not Micah.
Micah was introduced to the constitution, the federalist papers and the anti-federalist papers during high school in his civics class; that is something that just doesn’t happen anymore. He knows the constitution and it’s intent, he knows how to apply it and he does his due diligence and researches subjects and case laws.
I asked him what he hoped to accomplish in Valley County if elected sheriff and how he was going to balance bringing constitutionality back to the department. His main goal is to bring trust back between the community and the sheriffs office by having conversations with the community and building that relationship. Checking on the stores at night to make sure they are locked, bringing in reserve or volunteer deputies during special events to make sure there is a presence so that things go smoothly and no damage is done. He also hopes to bolster the department by making the deputies feel valued and appreciated and as the community feels more taken care of the officers feel better about their position and then the community appreciates them more…it is a big circle.
Micah enters in to this with his eyes wide open, knowing full well that some will thrive and some will not in being held to a high standard. More training for the officers and bringing them to embrace his vision and his mission for the department.. He is not just going to come to the position and change the plaque on the door and the letterhead, he is looking to enact real change, good change, change that will give the department a sense of pride and have them WANT to do a good job and do it constitutionally. He knows that this is not going to happen overnight, that it will take time but he feels that it is important. It was refreshing to hear someone that knew what he was looking at getting into and was willing to take it on, to make a positive impact.
I asked him an odd question about having federal agents operate within his county. The reason why I asked this is because many sheriffs across this country do not realize that these agencies have to obtain permission to operate within a county from the sheriff of that county, so these agencies have been doing what they want, when ever they want to. I loved Micah’s answer. “I’m planning on sending a letter to all the federal agents basically a very nice letter saying I want to play together well, want to work together, want to support each other…etc, etc, somewhere in there I need to make it clear, you will get my permission first and notify me before you do anything. That way I can act as a filter to the people. My guess is that most everything they are going to do is okay, but not everything, so I don’t want there to be another Ruby Ridge here in Valley County.”
Hearing Micah talk, there is no doubt that he loves the area he lives in and the people of Valley County, he knows exactly what the position of sheriff entails and he is ready to fulfill that role of being a constitutional servant of the people. If I lived in Valley County he would have my vote.
In my final goodbyes to Micah, I asked him to give me two of his favorite quotes from founding fathers. This is what he gave me. “He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.” Thomas Paine
“Liberty must at all hazards be supported. We have a right to it, derived from our Maker. But if we had not, our fathers have earned and bought it for us, at the expense of their ease, their estates, their pleasure, and their blood.” John Adams
I hope to have the pleasure of meeting Micah Haselton one day, it isn’t often you meet someone so real with a high moral standing and just wants to do what is right and help others do that as well. In times like these it is sorely needed. A real person for We the People.