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8/12/2014 12:55:00 PM
Letters: Fanning is the police chief Cottonwood needs


We have the Right Police Chief.

Jody Fanning spent his weekend grooming the softball fields for a local Softball Tournament this past weekend. His daughter, Tessa, helped, (two weeks after knee surgery), skipping along on one good leg and the other one in a full leg brace.

Jody Fanning grooming of the softball fields started on Friday and did not end until Sunday Night.

I know he was there grooming the fields before/after/and between games from before 8 a.m. and until 10 p.m., Saturday, because I was there those times, too.

I thanked Jody for his work and asked him why he gave up his weekend to help the softball tournament.

His reply was: "Jerry, it is great to help the kids, these kids are not placing graffiti on building nor doing reckless crimes. It is all about the kids."

I introduced myself to Tessa and thanked her. She had the same response when I asked her, 'Why do you do this?' Her reply was the same as her Police Chief Dad, "I do it for the kids."

Twenty-four teams from all over Arizona were here this past weekend for this tournament.

Teams from all over Arizona were treated to the best hospitality Cottonwood had to offer.

We have the right Police Chief!

Jerry Butterbrodt


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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, August 14, 2014
Article comment by: Thomas Payne

This is a sweet little piece of image rehabilitation (for two people to boot!). Who would have that that the next Baghdad Bob was here among us? Bravo, Mr. Butterbrodt, bravo!

Posted: Thursday, August 14, 2014
Article comment by: @ Justin Weller

Honor and integrity? I just snorted a little, thanks for the laugh.

Posted: Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Article comment by: Maybe I missed something

Yes and Saddam Hussain who was illiterate himself as a child helped his entire country to read.


There is good in everyone, so your point is?

Or does this letter get an automatic "Get out of jail free" card?

Posted: Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Article comment by: Justin Weller

@Beg to Differ. If you are not going to post your name then please do not comment on the letter. I agree with Mr. Butterbrodt, Chief Fanning is a great asset to our community in ALL areas. He is a family man, he helps in the community, and he does his job with honor and integrity.

Posted: Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Article comment by: Beg to Differ

How great that he does things for the kids. However, the way he runs his Police Department is not the same. It's a good old boy's club and they have no sense of integrity. Many of their officers are wonderful but the same cannot be said for the ones in charge. Ask the ones that work under him, you'll see. Or maybe not because they're afraid they'll be the one under attack next.

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