KIP WILLS HAS BEEN A FREQUENT COMMENTER ON THE GUARDIAN–USING HIS REAL NAME–AS PRESIDENT OF THE COPPERS UNION. HE IS HEADED FOR THE BIG LEAGUES WITH THE FEDS AND ASKED THAT WE POST HIS FAREWELL.
I wanted to take a moment and thank you for your efforts for a more open government process. As you know, I share the strong belief that we need more openness at all levels of government. Although we may have disagreed over the years on certain topics, the base belief that government should exist for the safety and benefit of the citizens which it serves remains the same.
I have accepted a position running some of the enforcement programs in the foreign borders division of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration at headquarters in Washington D.C. After 21 years of service to Idaho citizens (State Parks and Rec, Idaho State Police, Boise Police, BLM Fire, Teton County Sheriff, Elmore County Sheriff and 3 volunteer fire departments) I am hopeful that I can bring my personal beliefs on smaller, more open and fair government to the federal level.
I have enjoyed my 10 years with BPD, 8 in union leadership. I will tell you having grown up in Idaho and worked all over Idaho, that although there may be some issues between BPD and the media, that I can honestly say that BPD has some of the best, hardest working officers I know. I have been proud to serve with these men and women and I thank them for their dedicated service. I thank you Mr. Frazier, and your readers, for the opportunity to hear honest feedback and to try and adapt my personal philosophy to help our society as a whole.
I have always been open here on this site, as well as others, about who I am and that I am reachable and will listen to positive input. If I can ever be of service to you or others in my new position (which is dealing with Canadian and Mexican trucking issues) please feel free to send a request through Dave (he has my cell) or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks again.
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