I was very pleased to read "Temple Station on the Mend" written by Vicki Torres (Times, Sept. 6). It was time for the paper to report on the good the men and women at Temple station perform 24 hours a day.
I was, however, very displeased with the comments (about) the former captain, Richard Walls. I am a volunteer at Temple station with over 8,000 hours vested since 1985. I am now working for my third captain in seven years. That alone tells you they are routinely rotated and not necessarily transferred for lacking supervisor skills as the article wants one to believe.
During this tenure, I have learned the scope of the law enforcement "chain of command" including the previous ranks held by Capt. Walls. Even though Capt. Walls may have been a lieutenant for several years prior to his arrival at Temple station, lieutenants are still supervisors and they do have experience in supervising personnel.
Having retired from the private sector with 25 years on the job as a line supervisor, I know that problem employees will be problems, regardless of the supervision. The past problems experienced at Temple station can happen anywhere, sheriff's station or private employment. I personally knew each of the recalcitrant deputies and never once did I suspect they would eventually end up the way they did.