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El Paso Sheriff Richard Wiles responds to DA Rosales’s resignation


EL PASO, Texas -- Amid the fallout over the resignation of El Paso County District Attorney Yvonne Rosales, El Paso County Sheriff Richard Wiles has responded with a letter, citing requests from members of the media.

Sheriff Wiles opens his letter by saying he is confident the right leader can overcome serious deficits in the district attorney's office. He says this situation places a focus on the qualifications of individuals who seek office.

"What is obviously missing is the education, training and experience related directly to the position they seek. Most importantly, public service presents its own unique and important characteristics and candidates must be able to manage in that realm," said Wiles.

Sheriff Wiles says the qualifications of a public office must go beyond the requirements of the job; they should include education, training and experience directly related to the position sought.

"I think it's fair to say that just because you can be a lawyer doesn’t mean you can manage a District Attorney’s Office with all the important aspects that it entails," said Wiles.

Sheriff Wiles ends with a call for improved public service by improving the qualifications and requirements of those who seek public office.

"Until that occurs, it is incumbent upon each voter to require the proper qualifications, training, and experience from the office-seeker, prior to casting their vote," said Wiles.

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