I don't know where Philip Ricker and John Garcia have been living for the past four years, but it must not have been in the Imperial Valley. If they had been here with the rest of us they would know the county that Wally Leimgruber inherited four years ago was a mess.
The county was embroiled in a bitter sexual harassment lawsuit, the VIDA mess was threatening to stop all county-assisted development, the Gateway project was a disaster with threatened lawsuits from all directions, and the deputy sheriffs were in open rebellion from a lack of adequate pay, benefits or even respect. County staff were demoralized and felt they had no one to turn to.
Into this mess stepped a small farmer from Holtville. Wally's not a complicated person and he calls each situation like he sees it. He got hold of the facts of the lawsuit and said enough is enough and pushed the county to do the right thing and stop protecting a personnel director who was out of control. Ask me, Pat Yarnall, the plaintiff, about Wally, who listened to me when no one else would.