It is an outrage that Sheriff Jim Winder has "released" Chief Beau Babka as the undersheriff in Salt Lake County. "Releasing" Babka leaves the department's leadership very short on experience, integrity and honesty. Beau is a smart man and hardworking, he'll land on his feet. However, when the sheriff chooses to throw away (with both hands) a man of Babka's caliber, it is an affront to all of us who are supposed to be protected by that office.

What a tremendous loss to all of us.

I hope Beau runs for sheriff in two years' time. I know I'll remember this travesty and vote for anyone but Sheriff Winder. Judgment is everything.

Shelly Pierce

Riverton