Reader stands by Kopp

Posted: Friday, August 08, 2008

I am writing this letter in reference to Chuck Kopp. Although I have never personally worked with Chuck, I am aware of his professional reputation and credentials as a police officer and leader in his community.

As a former police officer and former chief of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, I can assure you that I would be willing to stand by a law enforcement officer with the qualities that Chuck has.

Having known his family for many years and seeing the way that he has successfully led the Kenai Police Department, I would say without a doubt that if I were in the position to do so, I would welcome him back with open arms.

As others have said, it is easy for someone to make an allegation against another person, especially in the position that he held as chief of police, but after an investigation where he was allowed to continue in that position tells me that there was not much left sticking to the walls.

Regardless of what happens in his case, he will be in my prayers along with his family. I am sure that he will do well in whatever direction that he decides to go in.

Tom Bearup

Soldotna



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