2017-2018 School Schedule

September 6, 2017 – Westwood Elementary
September 13, 2017 – North East Elementary
September 20, 2017 – Isom Elementary
October 4, 2017 – St. Rose of Lima School
November 1, 2017 – Eastside Elementary
November 15, 2017 – Southwest Elementary
November 21, 2017 – Grassy Creek Elementary
December 12, 2017 – Pleasant Crossing
December 13, 2017 – Indian Creek Elementary
January 11, 2018 – Maple Grove Elementary
January 18, 2018 – Sugar Grove Elementary
March 1, 2018 – Northwood Elementary
March 6, 2018 – Union Elementary
March 8, 2018 – Webb Elementary
March 13, 2018 – Needham Elementary
March 21, 2018 – Creekside Elementary

July 17-23, 2016 Johnson County Fair

Visit our booth in Herrington Hall every evening during the fair from 5-9. We will have our usual coloring books, pens, pencils, badge stickers, etc. On July 19th and 21st, we will be providing parents with free ID cards for children 3-12 years old. The IDs will include the following information: Name of child, name/names of parent or guardian, and birth date. There will be a photo of the child on the front and a thumbprint on the back. The card will help by providing law enforcement with pertinent information in case of emergency. The Sheriff’s Office will not be retaining the information in a data base.

April 2016 Newsletter from Brian

APRIL 2016 PRIMARY NEWSLETTER FROM BRIAN

Hi All,

I know it has been a while again, but things have been very busy. I never realized how much there was to do when I ran for Commissioner 4 years ago.

I committed to doing this job to the best of my ability and doing whatever it took to get the job done. That became a fulltime job, plus. I am not complaining. It has been a really challenging job and I have very much enjoyed it. I enjoy going to work every day and serving you. It is an honor and a privilege.

I am writing this to let you know of our accomplishments in the last 3 1/2 years, and it has flown by. Much like getting older and hopefully wiser. I am still not a fan of politics and definitely not a fan of campaigning, but the campaigning is necessary to keep and or get the attention of those who are unaware of the accomplishments and successes we have made.

I first want you to know that through it all, I have kept the faith I have in my God. I have done all things through Him and can look in the mirror every morning and know that I am okay and have served Him throughout. That is very important to me. I am and always will be a sinner, but I have honored Him and did my best in listening to Him the last 3 1/2 years of service. I not only believe in serving His creation, I have very much enjoyed it and am satisfied I have done what I can in my limited capacity. I have accomplished all put on my plate and done it with integrity and without compromising my faith and beliefs.

Here is an overview of some of the things done in the last few years:

New 911 Public Service Center, New Safer, Bigger Shooting Range, New Court System, New Adult Probation Center (Remodel of the old Key Bank), New Training Facility and Voting Machine Storage and Work Center, New Secure Compound around the Sheriff’s Office Complex, Much Maintenance Completed on Many Government Owned Facilities Including the Museum and Courthouse. Many things have been let go over the past 30 years. This maintenance will save us much money over the next several years. We have made many Departments more effective and efficient and continue to do so. I also Authored the Ordinance to allow Johnson County Residents to be able to Keep and Bear Arms without Federal Government interference. It may not be necessary, but it is in place if needed. If nothing else, it is a statement to all that we believe in our God given right to protect our families and our property. There are many other things we have accomplished, but it would be much to list. I again ask that you please attend a Commissioner Meeting or two to see how we operate and what we accomplish.

I am very pleased with what we have done and hope you are too. I have given it my best.

I have been your full-time, part-time paid Commissioner for the last 3 1/2 years. I have saved the county and taxpayer enough to pay my salary for the next 12 years by personally doing the construction management for the two state mandated projects we had to accomplish in the 911 Center and the New Court System. I have continued doing that management throughout all of the finished projects and have saved us much more in those. I believe this Board of Commissioners will go down as the most engaged, effective, and hardest working Board of Commissioners in the history of Johnson County. We have established a good working relationship with the Council even through some very tough issues. During many years of running a multi-million dollar business, I never stressed or lost sleep as much as I have in the last 3 1/2 years. I absolutely love serving and doing this job. I want Johnson County and myself to be the “standard to which all others are compared”. I have not been afraid to make the hard, tough decisions that set us apart and make us progressive. We, as a Board, have accomplished much in my first term, but we are not done. We have much more to accomplish. Most of all, I want you to know that I know in my heart and soul that God called me to this place. It has been an honor to serve you as I have continued to serve The One and Only True Living God and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and of that I am surely not ashamed.

As I said, time has gone by very quickly and I am now up for re-election in the May Primary. I ask that if you approve of the job I have done and would give me the honor and privilege of serving you for another four years, please get out and vote for me. I have an opponent in the Primary and need your help to continue. Please, if you believe I have worked hard for you and would be an asset for you to continue in this honorable position, let people know.

Thank you for your time in reading this and I hope to be able to bring you further Newsletters from your Commissioner in the future.

God Bless Johnson County, Indiana, and the United States, and God Bless us all!

In Your Service,

Brian

JULY 4, 2015 NEWSLETTER FROM BRIAN

JULY 4, 2015 NEWSLETTER FROM BRIAN

Hi Good Citizens of Johnson County,

I am sorry that it has been so long since I have updated you of the many things that have been accomplished in our 2 1/2 years of service to you.

We have been very busy in moving forward and are involved in much and always working toward making things better for you.

Again, it has been an eye opening experience and I am still learning about many of the things we have been elected to do, oversee, and just getting a feel for what our jobs as Commissioners entail. I am still not impressed or beholden to what I call “politics as usual”. We are meant to serve the public taxpayers in Johnson County, and I will say that we have all three taken that commitment very serious. I am honored to work with the dedicated employees and elected officials that understand the oath that we have taken to serve people, not political interest in taking from the people. We are to give back of ourselves in the understanding that we have been given a great responsibility by God to do what is right for all His Creation.

I will continue to do all I can for you in the abilities given to me by our Creator and One and Only True Living God. I have and will do all things through prayer, reading and study of Hid word, and guidance of the Holy Spirit that lives within all of us who know Him as our Lord and Savior. That is the only promise I can give to you that I know will stand. It will not stand because of me, but in spite of me and my flesh. I can do nothing good of my own, only those things given to me by the Almighty God.

My prayer is that our nation and leaders will bow their wills to Him and that this nation of many Believers will stand together and proclaim our faith and dedication to Him for the rest of our worldly days. If we do He will bless us beyond measure and allow us to continue to be a great nation in a world that needs to see our faith and belief. There may be many with good intentions, but if it is not of God it will fail.

Thank you for your support and thank you for allowing me the opportunity to serve my God and you in the position of Commissioner. I have peace that this is the position that God has called me to work in and have a great desire to continue in it for as long as you allow and God gives me peace in it.

We have completed construction of the many projects we were mandated to do and also those that needed to be completed to make the mandated projects possible. We are now moving forward in the construction of the Sheriff’s Office Training Facility and Voting Machine Storage Unit. Framing is underway and we should have it under roof in the next few weeks, if the weather cooperates. This is a needed facility and will make our men and women in uniform stronger and more prepared to protect and serve. I am certain it will be well used and be a blessing to our county. This will also allow for us to store our Voting Equipment in a safe and secure area. The equipment and material have been moved from different storage areas for many years and this secure, atmospheric controlled area will allow our equipment to serve us better and for a longer length of time. These are two areas that have been discussed and thought about for many years. It will be a great positive move forward for our county.

We are also looking toward the direction of building a new Community Corrections Complex. This is also something that has been discussed for a while. The building currently in use is very outdated and too small for the use that will be demanded of it in the very near future. Things are changing and we need to progress with the changes in this area.

We have made many other decisions and have put good guidelines in place to protect you, in the areas that we are commissioned to oversee.

As we move forward into the last half of 2015 and into 2016, I would like to hear from those of you who have taken the time to read this. Let me know your thoughts and if there are things you would like for us to consider. I humbly invite you to attend a meeting or two and see for yourself the things we are doing for you. Our meetings are normally very concentrated and complete in an efficient manner. We always want to know the thoughts of whom we serve and would be honored if you desire to speak to us and allow us to know your thoughts and desires toward our service.

As we celebrate this 4th of July Holiday, let us not forget how we got here and on what basis this great country was formed. We are supposed to be one nation, under God. I am disappointed in our leaders and our citizens in the direction we seem to be going. There will be no good come from turning our backs on the One who has allowed us to exist and not only exist but be so graciously blessed. God’s Truth is Truth whether we believe it or not. What He says will be, and it will be as He says. He does not change.

I ask for your prayers as we move forward and strive to keep our faith in focus. I say again for total clarity, God does not change and we are foolish to think that He does or will. God sees all the way through, from the beginning to eternity. There is no reason for Him to change since He knows all. If God would or could change we would all be in serious trouble. So those who would say that His Word is not true today as well as it was when written, by those He inspired to write His Words, are seriously mistaken and He will not be mocked. Please do not fall into the trap of man’s confused view. We are not capable of doing anything but fail. Without Christ, we are doomed and without His Guidance, Word, and Spirit in our lives we will continue on a path of destruction that will not bode well for any of us, or our America.

I will close with this, and will do my best to update you on some things coming down the pike in my next Newsletter, but for now I will say this, If you do not stand for something, you will fall for anything. I am not sure who came up with that quote, but it is very true and real. But in that, make sure you stand for what is True and not foolishness. Foolishness brings folly, folly brings destruction of all things.
Psalms 118:8 – [It is] better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.

Galations 6:7,8 – Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

Proverbs 1:7 – The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of knowledge: [but] fools despise wisdom and instruction.

May God be gracious and merciful to us and forgive us of our foolishnes

God Bless.

In His Service,

Brian

December 2014 Newsletter from Brian

December 2014 Newsletter From Brian December 24, 2014

Hi All,

I was going to give you an update on all things Johnson County but have been guided away from that for
good cause, I am sure. But in that thought, the new North Annex and Superior Court is open and we went
live in the new 911 Center on December 17, 2014. We still have a small punch list to complete in the 911 Center, but all is well and functioning and it is a big weight off of my shoulders. Greenwood will be moving in next week and the transfer will be complete. Halleluiah!!!!!!

I will update you on “All Things Johnson County” after the new year.

As this time of year comes, I always meditate and contemplate my life and what I have done with my past
year. I do not wait until New Year’s Eve as some. I am not sure why, but this is when the Lord puts these things upon my heart.

As we approach the celebration of our Lord and Savior’s birth, and I realize that it can be argued about which day Christ was actually born, it doesn’t concern me that we celebrate on the day coming
tomorrow, but it does concern me that we celebrate. As for me and my house, we will celebrate the birth
of Christ tomorrow and every day thereafter.

I tried to focus on the past year but kept coming back to what I am about to write………..

John 3:16 – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in
him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

And my life verse, Isaiah 9:6 – For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall
be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

These are the plain and simple verses that kept coming into my heart and mind along with one more thing
that Christ said, “ I go to prepare a place for you.”

But for that to happen, He had to be born. He had to die. He had to resurrect. He had to go back to
heaven to be with His Father.

This is where I was caught. He had to die. This brought me to my knees. My Jesus had to die.

Think of the love, feel the pain of the sacrifice for a Father who gave a Son. Jesus was born on this earth to suffer and die. He knew that from the beginning of time. God knew this time would come. It was not a surprise to God or Jesus. The Word was God and the Word was with God. I have no doubt about who my God is. My God is the Creator of all things from the beginning of time and before. He is also my Redeemer and the sacrifice for all those who will except Him and His sacrifice. We did nothing but deserve to die and forever be separated from God. That would be the most painful part. I do not want to even think about how life would be without my God………..for eternity.

Then I think about the pain that I felt when loved ones died, my grandparents, my other relatives, my
friends. I have felt that pain, as many of you have. I can’t begin to imagine giving my son as a sacrifice for anyone. But my God willingly gave his Son to come to this earth and experience life as a human being, 100% God and 100% man. He not only allowed it, He could have stopped it and let us die in our sins for eternity, but my God gave His Son willingly to be tortured and killed for us. What a love! I know the love I have for my son and daughter, and I know that I could not do that. I have no comprehension of that kind of love……….unconditional love. The love God has for us was a love that is perfect and eternal. Then there is Jesus. He willingly gave himself for us. There was no reservation in His heart and mind. He, who could have said no and allowed us to die in our sin, willingly gave His life to save ours. He knew what He was going to go through. He knew the pain and death that was coming. He knew He would be separated from His Father, which He had never felt before, to take our sin upon Him. Again, that was the greatest pain, the separation from God. He took our sins and was bruised, beaten, mercilessly tortured, and hung on a cross to die. Willingly! But that started with a birth, a humble birth, a loving birth, that we celebrate in the morning. My Savior! My God! My Jesus!

As I think of that love, I think of those who have gone before, the family and friends that I miss. The ones that are now in the bosom of God. Through the loss of these loved ones I am a better person. A person who has experienced loss, but still doesn’t understand unconditional love. I had and do have more to learn.

Then loss continued. God gave me a friend and a passion for kids. My heart was softened by an animal.
Who would have known. It started with a Black Labrador named Lazer. He started the softening that God
knew I would need to do His Will that was laid out. Then there was my boxer, Ruger. He was the one who
showed me unconditional love at its best. He loved me with all his heart. He didn’t care about my faults, my sin. He loved me for me, just as God does. I always thought it was a shame that a canine had to show me that kind of love to understand it, but God knew what would get my heart. He will use many things to bring you to where He wants you to be. Our life is preparation for life in eternity and if we are believers, God will get us to where He wants us to be. We need to accept that and be prepared. Be prepared and ready!

As we celebrate the birth of our Savior on December 25, 2014, be prepared. Prepare your hearts to
be His. I know in my faith I look for the morning to come, the morning that we celebrate the birth of
Jesus, the same morning that I lost the one God sent to soften my heart and teach me unconditional love, my Ruger. I thank God for the time I had with him and I know that he is one of my loved ones lost on this earth who has gone to meet Jesus. Jesus is looking after my Ruger and giving him a petting and throwing him a tennis ball right now. Why? Because He loves me, as much as He loved His own Son, and because I have hope and faith in Him, who loved me enough to give His Son as a sacrifice for me. And He knows my love for my lost ones and my Ruger.

Happy Birthday, Jesus. I love you and thank you for your Grace, Mercy, and Unconditional Love.

Merry Christmas to all! May God Bless you and keep you safe in His love! Keep the faith my friends.

His Servant,

Brian

September 2014 Newsletter from Brian

September 2014 Newsletter From Commissioner Brian

Brothers in Arms

I am one that has always been straight up and said what I think about what I believe. I have been transparent in my faith and my desire to serve people and all of God’s creation.

I have a few things to say that I can’t disregard as my heart breaks and is not comfortable in being quiet. I can’t help but to speak my mind. I understand everyone has their beliefs and opinions and I also understand that the below written is just mine, but I must speak it.

I have been watching and listening for many years as I have served as an Officer sworn not only to God, but to you as citizens of this great country and specifically this county and state, to protect and serve. Even to the end of my life, if necessary, in so doing.

Every time a sworn Soldier, Officer, Fire Fighter, Medic, dawns the uniform that represents this Country and the citizens that we have sworn to protect, we put our lives on the line, not only in existence on this earth, but to our God and His Creation in His Will and pleasure.

As those who serve lace the strings on their shoes or boots, I pray that our God is gracious and merciful to them and those we serve.

As I have seen over the last almost 30 years, I have watched in disappointment as we have lost those things that were of so much value to us as a people and a country.

Our society has declined in the moral and ethical values that were once so cherished, respected, and held us to a higher standard and calling. I have watched as those who care, serve, and keep this world from chaos are driven to their knees and spat upon. I have watched as those given to service have failed and fallen prey to those who would attack, humiliate, and desecrate their name and character. I have watched as some have fallen of their own discord and have failed to be able to hold to a higher standard. They are human beings who chose to serve in a standard that failed as many humans do. But as we are held to a higher standard, our faith cannot waiver and we must not allow ourselves to fall prey to those things that are of this decaying world. We must lift ourselves above the upside down attitude of those who wish to apply their evil to the lives of those we serve. We must stand true through the trials and temptations of this world and the bad that is inherent in it. I was watching my favorite secular show, Blue Bloods, the other day and want to quote a little statement that Tom Selleck made during a time of accusation to an officer.

“I would like to point out here that police officers make split second decisions every day. Making judgment calls as part of their jobs. Their intention is not to cause harm. Their intention is to avoid harm. If an officer makes the wrong call, it not only effects citizens, but also affects officers themselves in ways that only someone who has walked in their shoes can fully understand. Cops are held to a higher standard of accountability than the rest of the population, as they should be. But never forget that they are people too. Men and women subject to the same doubts and regrets that all of us are. I’m not asking for anyone to cut us slack, not at all. But a little recognition for the conditions under which our men and women operate, that would go a long way.”

I could not help but to repeat this statement.

As we are attacked by those who wish not to be true and honest, such as those who call themselves leaders and valiant men and women of honor. Those who make their fortunes on the backs of those whom they oppress and hold down. Those who would speak in slurs and falsehood of what is true and right. Those who claim to be of cloth, which are not. Those who speak hate, false religion, and lies. Those who speak of equality, but stink of prejudice. Those who have become great in this worldly domain and whorish of those things of material strength through these lies and manipulative speech. You know who you are, shame on you and those who support you. Lies of promised justice while serving injustice. You will receive of that you deserve.

We will be judged for our hearts. We will have to make split second decisions of life and death not only for those we serve, but for ourselves. In that cause there will be times of confusion, times of human judgment, times of life altering decisions. We can only depend on our hearts, our faith, and our training to hopefully make the decisions that ring true, and go home to our families to fight another day.

But I contend that most who serve are true in their desires, direction, and heart. I have served with many and am humbled to be called to this realm. I have been blessed in this serving and am content in my heart. I know that I and many others will be justified in the end, when all things become final and the Creator takes us home, not because of my faith, but because of His.

Until then, I will serve with all diligence and will protect without malice, prejudice, and evil. I will stand on my faith knowing whom I serve.

I will proudly continue my oath and call myself among those who put their lives on the line every day. I will support, fight for, and stand beside My Brothers in Arms.

Now for the state of the County of Johnson in the realm of Commissioner.

Many things are continuing on and some things will be coming to a close. The new East Annex is complete and all have moved in. Things seem to be working well and the newly remodeled old Key Bank building is now officially termed the East Annex. We moved the staff from the east end of the North Annex to the East Annex, so we could remodel the east end of the North Annex, so we could move the west end of the North Annex to the east end of the North Annex, so we could remodel the west end of the North Annex for the new Superior Court that we were mandated to establish by our State Legislators. I will not even go there for now. That is for another Newsletter. At least we are using buildings we already have in our inventory. The east end of the North Annex is complete and is totally occupied and moving forward. We should have the west end of the North Annex complete
and ready to move into by November 15, 2014. We seem to be on a good schedule for that to happen. We need to be up and running with this Court by January 1, 2015. We should be good there.

The new 911 Center is behind our schedule by approximately 2 weeks, but we should be moving into the new building with our combined Dispatch by somewhere between November 15 to November 20, 2014. This STATE mandated process is also scheduled to be complete by January 1, 2015, so we should be good here also.

I have taken on the responsibility of Construction Manager of these projects to allow saving those funds that would have been paid out. I have definitely covered the three Commissioners wages for the past two years in doing this. I am happy about that. I will continue to do these types of things to help save taxpayer funds.

I continue to deal with the everyday operations for the Commissioners and am still working full-time in my part-time paid position. I am not complaining, just noting. I committed to this job and will work whatever hours are necessary to fulfill my commitment. I do enjoy the job and love serving you.

There is much more going on, but these are the highlights since I took so much of your time on the previous rabbit trail.

I intend on reporting again in a more timely matter. I will do my best to have another Newsletter by year end, so that I can tell you what we will be doing in 2015. I hope to be a little less busy and be able to take some uninterrupted time off in 2015, but it is what it is and I can only hope.

I will be rabbit trailing on our justice system in the next issue……………. Please stay tuned as you will want to hear this one.

Thank you for reading. I hope you read it to this end and did not have too much frustration in so doing.

Please come visit me if you are in the area. I always enjoy a chatting break. I have M&M’s and Skittles in my office!

God Bless!

Brian

May 2014 Newsletter From Brian

May 2014 Newsletter From Brian

Here I go again…………

Hi All,

I always struggle with this Newsletter, but really feel the need to let you know the things I am doing as your elected official.

I have really worked hard to be as transparent and do my job with fairness and conservative values. I thoroughly enjoy working for and representing you as we try to move forward in a positive and effective direction for the citizens of Johnson County.

I have chosen to take the responsibility of the everyday functions of the county business and also handle the construction and maintenance projects for the county.

There is much to do in maintaining the buildings and property we taxpayers own as county property and management of the construction of the Shooting Range, 911 Consolidated Dispatch Center, Johnson County Offices East Annex, and the New Superior Court System.

The Shooting Range will be finished as soon as the weather breaks and we can final grade and seed it. The 911 Center is under full bore construction, but 3 weeks behind schedule due to the weather issues we have experienced. But, at least, we are only 3 weeks behind. It could be much worse, but the Construction Manager and contractors have “weathered the storm” and accomplished more than expected. Unless we have more bad weather or other delays, the 911 Center will be complete in time to beat the deadline. The East Annex Offices should be complete by June 15, 2014, to move the offices into there from the North Courthouse Annex so we can start the new Court System construction. We have started the bidding process for the North Courthouse Annex and should start construction in June. All of which must be complete by the end of the year. Whew! Now I am worn out.

I also deal with many other things such as all building maintenance, remodel, and repairs, the county fleet of vehicles, insurance, employee handbook committee, several Boards, and many other areas that have to be dealt with daily.

I hope I can always be an asset to you and all 143,000 plus citizens who expect me to do the job.

But as always, I must expound on one other item that has been on my mind lately.

The Pledge of Allegiance. We recite this at every Commissioner’s meeting. It has become a habit of sorts, but it has significant meaning and impact on my life every time I think about it.

I am always the one to lead the Pledge at every meeting, it is my responsibility as Chairman. So in doing this I never know what goes on in the audience. The Pledge is also done at the County Council meeting, which I attend to keep up on issues for them also. They also recite the Pledge, so I decided since I had already been through it previously 3 hours earlier that I would stay out in the hall and people watch for this occasion. I noticed people talking to each other, others not being involved, others saying it while looking at many things other than our flag, and some trying to recite the Pledge, but not really knowing the words contained in it. Some were really sincere and I could tell that they were truly meaningful in their desire to respect and love our country. That being said, I thought I would give my account of what I feel the Pledge of Allegiance means to me in my heart and my life.

There are those of faith who would say that we should not Pledge our Allegiance to anything but God. I believe that with all my heart, but I guess I recite this in a different spirit than some, so I will explain my heart in this Pledge. Many people and groups have come to their own conclusions so I will be in an elite group such as, Red Skelton and the Boy Scouts of America.

I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

I – Me, an individual of sound mind and body, knowing what it is that I do and say and what I believe to be self-evident and true. This is my heart and my mind involved in this, and no one else can be the
individual creation that I am.

Pledge – “A solemn binding promise to do, give, or refrain from doing something.” I promise my heart, my mind, my finances, my all that I am in this world. My faith to do all that I can to make real those things in which I believe.

Allegiance –“loyalty, as of a subject to his sovereign or of a citizen to his country:” loyalty of a person from deep within, align with the subject of allegiance.

To the Flag – Our symbol of who we are, where we have been, and where we want to be or go. Old Glory, that symbol of our unification of all to one regard and that we hold true.

Of the United States of America – All those divisions of individuality that have aligned together to become one people of one standard for the good of all, not to give up our individuality, but to conclude and maintain that all is as one in like mind and faith.

And to the Republic – a state in which the supreme power rests in the body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by representatives chosen directly or indirectly by them.
-a state in which the head of government is not a monarch or other hereditary head of state.

“a (1) : a government having a chief of state who is not a monarch and who in modern times is usually a president (2) : a political unit (as a nation) having such a form of government
b (1) : a government in which supreme power resides in a body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by elected officers and representatives responsible to them and governing according to law (2) : -a political unit (as a nation) having such a form of government.”

For which it stands – The Flag of the United States of America. A Republic from conception and basis for our being here. Freedom from those who would oppress us. “Old Glory”. The representation of our United States.

One Nation – A United Nation of 50 States. A nation that was intended to be self-contained without outside influence for our sovereignty, our economy, or our defense. We were to be our own Nation uninfluenced by those outside of our borders. Politically independent.

Under God – “Almighty GOD; we make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in Thy holy protection, that thou wilt incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government; and entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another and for their fellow citizens of the United States of America at large. And finally that Thou wilt most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility and pacific temper of mind which were the characteristics of The Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without whose example in these things we can never hope to be a happy nation. Grant our supplication, we beseech thee, through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.” – President George Washington April 30th, 1789”
“Under God” was added to the Pledge in 1954. A great addition in my opinion since this Republic was founded under the belief in God and the desire to serve that God freely.

It is hard to top that one. I will add my personal belief and faith to this in my pledge. We should not pledge our allegiance to anyone or anything but the Creator and Holy God, who not only was the Creator of all things but the Redeemer of those who will accept the gift of God. So for me to pledge to this United States of America, it has to be under God. If God is not in the heart of this country and the freedom of my belief is not prominent, then this is not the nation that was founded so long ago. I will only pledge my allegiance to that which is of God. God grants me His Grace and He grants this country His Grace and Mercy. When we go against His dominion over us and this nation, we put ourselves in a position of detriment of His blessings and will suffer the consequence. We will not survive without His Grace and Mercy. I will continue to pray that God will not lift His Hand off of this nation in hope of that prayer being answered for my family, your families, and all those who do not know or understand the importance and requirement of that pledge of my life to Him and this country.

I will also maintain that we have the freedom and right to serve and worship our God in the way that we, through our belief and faith, know is right for us as individuals. This nation has no right to choose that for me or for you. Those who we choose to govern have no right or privilege to regulate that on to us or for us. That is our right and freedom granted by God, the Creator of all things.

Indivisible – Not to be divided or split into parts. I call this “being of one mind”. This has not been maintained, as the States seem to be in disarray. We have gotten away from the basis and ideal of what the merging of the states was truly meant to be. But we must as individuals and as states maintain the true focus and foresight of those who founded this country and the ideal of what was believed to be the direction we were to maintain and stay within.

With liberty – the quality or state of being free within specified moral and ethical limits. Freedom to make choices, but those choices must not harm or damage others. This liberty was based on Biblical principles and most of our laws that were put into place to insure that we would not have to live in a chaotic state were from those principles. Liberty without morals is not liberty but evil. Liberty without moral restraint is not freedom at all, it is restrictive and dangerous. We have the freedom to make right and good choices.

And justice – “Justice is a concept of moral rightness based on ethics, rationality, law, natural law, religion, equity and fairness.” Wikipedia. Again, our laws of justice were based and founded upon those of God in His Word. We have gotten so far away from this that we now really do not have justice as it was based. We do not have fairness to those who violate our liberty and ability to live our lives without fear and oppression. There is a consequence for every decision we make, good or bad. This will be maintained in the end and there will be consequence sometime for all the choices and decisions we make. There is fairness (justice) that should be applied to all in a degree that will award those who have done well and punish those who have done harm, unkindness, or unfairness to others as based in that right morality, ethics, rationality, natural law, and equity. If this is not maintained, we will enter a state of chaos. This state will not be acceptable under God.

For all – for every person, in whatever state they are in, in whatever time in life they are in.

This is my perspective of what the Pledge of Allegiance means to me. Since I am the one writing this Newsletter, that is the perspective I must write. It is what it means to me, in my heart. I do not expect it to be your heart nor do I wish to push my heart onto you. If nothing else, I hope I have spawned a desire in whoever reads this to search and know in your heart what it means to you.

As always, I will continue do my utmost to serve and protect you and all those you love and care about in Johnson County.

I will try to update you in the next few months on where we have been and where we are going.

Until then, may God bless you and keep you in the safety of His Hands.

If you pray, please keep me in your prayers that I may always do what is right in the sight of God and that He will protect and bless me as I serve you.

In Your Service,
Brian

Visit Central 9’s Restaurant!!!

I’m one who loves supporting my local businesses, especially dining establishments. I had the opportunity to try Central 9’s restaurant “To The Nines” this week and was totally impressed. The students, with their instructors looking on, acted in a personable and professional manner that made the experience very enjoyable. The menu had a variety of tasty dishes, as well as the “special of the day” which Beth had and thoroughly enjoyed it. Check out their “To The Nines” webpage for the current menu and operating hours. I ENCOURAGE YOU TO GO, ENJOY THE FOOD, AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL YOUTH WHO ARE PREPARING FOR A CAREER IN CULINARY ARTS! YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!

2013 Year End and New Year 2014 Newsletter from Brian

2013 YEAR END AND NEW YEAR 2014 NEWSLETTER FROM BRIAN

January 7, 2014

Happy New Year Y’All,

The year of my life 2013 was a great learning experience, a definite and drastic change of life, and one of the lowest saddest times in my life.

2014 has started out as the saddest time of my life and the most frustrating, but also the busiest and most fulfilling start to a new year.

I will explain as you sit back and relax. Please grab a cup of coffee or tea, a soda, or other choice of beverage and a snack to satisfy your craving and sit back with the lighted screen of your computer shining in your face and be either bored to tears or take a journey with me through some blood pressure elevating experiences from your newbie elected commissioner. After all, at least some of you did help put me in this position.

I will start with last year and work into the new year and then work backwards to 2013 which will allow me to get through it, emotionally.

In 2013, we did accomplish much. We did many things to improve and be more transparent in our area of government. We have been told that we did more in one year than most have done in a 4 year terms. I feel really good about that. My first and primary goal for my newbie year was to stop the virtual spin of government here in Johnson County and move us in a positive direction forward. We made great gains in that area. We did get the new and improved Shooting Range 90% done. We will have to wait until spring to re-grade and plant the proper grass seed for the range area and ivy for the hillsides. We will try to get the fence in yet this winter, but it may be spring also. We got all of our pricing done, bidding awards, and permits in place to start the new 911 Center. We were ready to start in December, then, we all know what happened. It snowed, it rained, it flooded, it snowed again, and we are now waiting on the ground to dry or freeze.

We ended the year of 2013 with a flood of sorts. This was an amazing learning experience and was considered in the realm of the flood of 2008. They both were frightening and show us just how little control we have over any matters of creation. We had to go to Emergency Status and I was called into the Emergency Operations Center for the weekend. It was an amazing experience, but a very dangerous and frightening experience. I have been a participant in the lack of sleep many times in my life and under much stress, but this little jaunt took the cake. We survived it, but it did come with a cost. We spent much time and many man hours helping people to safety. Our Public Safety Officers, (Police, Fire, EMT’s) and County Government Personnel were put in harm’s way many times and unfortunately many times due to people not utilizing good common sense practices. I saw what I thought was the best in people and the worst in people. But, again, we survived, a little damaged and much frustrated but it went in the win column for how we responded and prevailed.

We will be starting construction on the New Johnson County Office Building, which will be called the East Annex, formerly known as the Key Bank building, in the next few weeks. The New Court System in the North Annex building will start shortly thereafter. The scheduled completion for both will be October 31, 2014. We have to be in and up and running by January 1, 2015.

January 6, 2014, the snow began. I came into the EOC as the snow started falling. By late evening the decision was made to go to Watch Level, then shortly after we went to Warning level to keep traffic off the roads. By the way, until the snow we had a few weeks ago, I was not aware that the Commissioner(s) made the decision on Travel Advisory Levels. This was another part of this job of which I was unaware. I will be writing a manual for whoever takes this torch from me, so that whoever that is will have some foreknowledge of the requirements of this position. I wish I was aware prior to my posterior end getting wet. We received complaints due to restricting the roads from many at this time, especially employers. I was up and conscience for the whole process of Sunday and Monday operating from the EOC.

The decision was made to take the Travel Advisory to Watch from Warning at 5:30 p.m. Monday evening. This Warning Level was put into place, in my mind and decision process, to allow the Highway Department more freedom to work on the roads in a more efficient and safer protocol. My desire was not to restrict the free movement of any individual. I knew people would make the necessary decisions regardless of the level anyway. I did not want to keep the highest Travel Restricting Level in place any longer than I felt necessary. This level- lowering started the complaints from those who wanted it to remain at the Warning Level. Complaints started coming in that employees were not able to get to work, but employers were requiring it due to the restriction being lowered, and so on. I got that to a point, but I will now explain my position on the thought process from my mental capacity. I am giving you the short version of a very long process that spanned over many hours. And again, our Police, Fire, EMT, and all emergency personnel were put into life threatening danger helping those in need. Please pray for them or at least appreciate their heart to serve and protect us. They put their own lives and the welfare of their families on the line to serve, protect, and save our lives.

I still believe in the human being and the intelligence that has been God given to His creation. I will always stand on the principle of allowing the individual person to have the freedom to make his or her own decision in his or her own free will instead of allowing the government to do that for us. I will never give into the false notion or idea that we are not intelligent enough or responsible enough to make our own way and make the right decisions in our lives for us and those we love and for which we are accountable. I refuse to allow those who would try to beat us down and mold us into these little robots of depression and control to do so, where I can stand and fight for the freedom to do for ourselves. If there are employers out there who do not care about the safety of their employees, shame on them. If there are employees who want to use the system to not go to work, shame on them. But why would we punish all for a few who do not take accountability for themselves. There are many people who can get out and safely get to where they need to go. They can make that decision. There are those who cannot get to where they want or need and that decision needs to be for them to make. I will always err on the side of the freedom of people to make their own decisions. It is who I am. I will always consider all people in Johnson County on any decision. I will pray and consider scripture for all decisions to be made. God knows those decisions that I need to make quickly. He will provide. I depend on Him. I will not waiver on that blessing and the hope that He provides to me. Please stand with me in fighting to keep our freedom as individuals. Do not let those who would try to bring us into a corral of control be successful. Be free, stay free, live free, but do it under the eyes of the One who created all things. Do it for the right and true reasons. Be accountable to who you are as a person and creation. Be loyally responsible for those you love and love you. Strive to be who God wants you to be. Strive to do what He would have you to do. He will bless you for it. You will have peace in knowing He is your strength and your future.

I realize this is a long Newsletter, but I may not write one for a while, so please have patience with me. I have saved the hard part of this Newsletter for last.

Some of you may already know and some may not, that we lost Ruger to cancer at 8 young years of life. Ruger was not only our police K-9, he was our much loved mascot to the schools, he was part of our family, and he was my best friend. Ruger was a Certified Search and Recovery Canine for the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office. He was the main attraction for our Youth Assistance/Crime Prevention Programs, as the beloved and famed mascot who was touched by many kids and who touched many kids’ lives. I started counting the children and adults that were touched by this wonderful loving family member and it went well into the hundreds of thousands before I stopped. I didn’t need any further proof of the usefulness and reason for existence of his life. God gave him to us. He served the people his entire life. His first home was in my squad, which is where he passed away with Beth and me with him. He was more comfortable there and in the schools than anywhere. He was most comfortable loving and pleasing people, especially children. He was very gentle around younger children. It was like God gave him a special sense and ability to know. He was a truly amazing Canine, but more than that, he was my best buddy, my best friend, and a loved family member to us. I am not able to say why he was taken at such a young age. I am struggling with that.

Ruger passed away on Christmas Day of 2013. He was born August 1, 2005. It was absolutely the worst day of my life, and I have had some bad ones. The bad days previous to this came out okay in the end. This one has not. I have had some really sad and bad days since, but I am praying about it. There is a hole in my heart that will never be filled. He will be missed by many, but not like I will miss him.
I hope to have his memory live on as we continue to accomplish our safety programs for many schools and organizations. I know it will never be the same and I am not sure what day I will stop grieving and crying, but I am certain that God knows and will provide those answers He thinks I need and deserve. I also know that I will see many loved ones who have gone from this world someday soon. In that I know I will see my buddy Ruger again too. I just know that God loves me like no one can and He knows how much I love Ruger. I know in my hope of who my God is that He will allow me this blessing, because He loves me and wants to give me the things of my heart. God is good all the time, not because He does good things, but because He is God! There are areas in our website that will give you more on Ruger and the Sheriff’s Office Website may still have a memorial for him if you want to go there. Johnsoncountysheriff.com is that website, which also has a page for our YA/CP programs also.

I will stop there.

I am thankful for all those who have supported me in my new endeavor as Commissioner. I will continue to do my best for all those who are trusting in me. I am hopeful that you will allow me to show you my heart without being judgmental of my ability to serve. I am willing, able, and driven to do the best I can for you in any way that I am able. I will be the first to tell you when that is not my heart, if and when that would be so. Until then, I carry on serving you as a people and serving a Righteous and Holy God as His creation.

Thank you for your time, and if you made it to the end, thank you for caring.
Come enjoy one of our public meetings. They have become entertaining, according to some.

God Bless,

Brian

Ruger’s Eulogy

News From Brian:

December 25, 2013 at 0520 hours, Canine Ruger ended his Tour of Duty.

Ruger was born August 1, 2005. He was 8 young years into life. Ruger died as the result of Cancer.

Ruger served as a Deputy and Ambassador for the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Youth Assistance / Crime Prevention Programs. He served as a Search and Recovery Canine and Mascot his entire life. Ruger entertained in his first school at 7 months old.

Ruger captured the hearts of all those he met him with his uncanny ability to get a smile, a petting, and a hug from almost everyone.

This is the post that I sent out this morning:

“Ruger ended his Tour of Duty this morning at 0520 hours. He was a good and faithful officer who touched the hearts of many. He was not only my partner and companion, he was also my best friend. He passed in our squad in the parking lot of Briarcrest where we got him as a pup. It was a fitting farewell for my best bud.”

It is hard to say much more other than I will continue to miss him for the rest of my life, until the Lord blesses me and takes me home. The hole that has been left in my heart will never be filled. It is fitting that Ruger gave up his life on the same day we celebrate the birth of the One who became the Sacrifice for us. Jesus gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to God and us. He gave His life that we may live. What an awesome God and Savior we have. I was blessed by my friend’s love and service and thank God for the time we were able to share.

I love him as a family member, which he is, and will remember him as the servant and friend he was and always will be!

If you read this, thank you for taking the time. If you pray, please do so for Beth and me.

God Bless!

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