Today, while attending the Jefferson County Board of Commissioner’s Meeting, we had an opportunity to speak privately with Jefferson County Sheriff, Jim Adkins, both “ON THE RECORD and OFF THE RECORD.”
What we can say, is, Adkins, after reading Burt’s statements above, said, “I’m (Adkins) getting tired of being put in between the Ranch Board and Ranch Matters/John Stevens-David Stangland, not working for the Ranch Directors, not working for Ranch Matters or Stevens/Stangland, not investigating any criminal acts/crimes, including Hate Crimes and NEVER BEEN TO A MEETING INVOLVING THE RANCH DIRECTORS WITH COUNTY COUNSEL AT THE SAME TIME.”
Adkins stressed there are no pending investigations regarding hate speech crimes or complaints and added he strongly supports the First Amendment, the value of Free Speech and a Free Press.
Meanwhile, back at the County Commissioner’s Meeting, Ranch Matters addressed the Commissioners, specifically, Commissioner Huston regarding her thoughts after attending last Monday’s contentious CRR/BOD MEETING.
While addressing the Commissioners, Jefferson County Counsel, Alexa Gassner was asked if she had participated in any meetings that included the Sheriff and any Ranch Directors involving allegations of hate speech related to our stories and or comments.
Ms. Gassner made no denials, but quickly added, her communications are privileged between the Sheriff, herself and clients.