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Letter to the Editor: Constable Whit Montgomery has a proven record of balance, composure and good judgement

Dear Editor,

I am writing this letter to support Killington Constable Whit Montgomery's desire to serve as First Constable in Killington. 

As most Killington residents are aware I have been providing security services to the Killington Resort for almost 30 years. During that time we have relied on the State Police for assistance and when they were not available we have worked with the constables. Over the last few years we have been getting much more of a response from the constables instead of the State Police for whatever reason.

As you know a resort town brings very different approaches to law enforcement. There needs to be a balance to law enforcement in a resort town. That balance is not easy to obtain. You want the public to enjoy their experience in Killington and at the same time you want to ensure the safety of the public. It's very easy to become either heavy handed or too light with your degree of Law Enforcement.

We currently have that balance with our constable, Whit Montgomery. He understands the hospitality industry and it comes through in his law enforcement. Over the last few years we have been working more and more with Montgomery and I am extremely impressed with his ability to separate those that are just having a good time that got out of hand as opposed to those that are up to no good or are a danger to themselves and others. This is not an easy task at times.

I have known Montgomery for almost 30 years. He has spent his entire life in Killington. He has devoted a good portion of his life to Killington. He is one of the younger generations that have decided to call Killington, Vt. home. He has a love for this town and it shows in his interaction with people in trouble or causing trouble.

I have witnessed Montgomery in some pretty trying situations. He has always maintained his composure and worked towards resolution of the particular issue.

We have a constable right now that serves this town and its guests very well and has track record of fair and balanced law enforcement, a person that is familiar with law enforcement in a resort town, a person that has a love for this town and a desire to see it prosper and a man that has devoted the better part of his life to this town. I would ask that you strongly consider Mr. Montgomery to be your First Constable.

If you should have any questions, comments or concerns please feel free to reach out to me.

Sincerely,
Jim Eckhardt