[Editor’s Note: This was published on The Voice of Grant County Oregon, a sister organization. It was copied here.]
Please share and support Sheriff Glenn Palmer.
This letter to the editor was submitted to Sean Hart, Blue Mountain Eagle editor on April 15, 2016 and approved by him for printing in the paper.
At 5:41 PM, Monday April 18, 2016
I received a phone message from Marissa Williams, Blue Mountain Eagle Manager and also daughter-in-law of King Williams. I was informed the letter would not be printed because the use of “coercing” was a crime and the Eagle could be liable for what I wrote.
Nicky was told that they would print the following letter after the elections.
If this is so, we ask them, what was the reason? Perhaps after reading this you can ask them yourself.
I am Nicky Sprauve, the big black fellow you see around the county. My wife, Cheryl, and I came here in 2013 to make Grant County our home.
Being public minded I filed for several positions and was appointed to the Grant County Planning Commission and elected to the Grant County Public Forest Commission. I also applied for the Grant County Public Access Committee and a position on the Sheriff’s force as a deputy. Sheriff Palmer was not hiring at the time and I was turned down.
Soon after I was approached by the following individuals, Boyd Britton, County Commissioner, Mark Webb, past county judge, and King Williams. They encouraged me to file a discrimination suit against the sheriff. I did so based on the belief it was racial. It was at the insistence of Britton, Webb and Williams that I pursued the suit and filed it with the Department of labor in Salem.
Since then after coming to know the Sheriff and being more familiar with Grant County and its citizens, I came to realize that I have been played the fool by Britton, Webb and Williams. Recently I traveled to Salem of my own free will and dropped all charges against the Sheriff.
I have proudly served on the Grant County Public Forest Commission for two years and learned a lot about the issues facing county citizens. The terrible fire last summer and devastation to home and the forest cemented my desire to see the commission fulfill its mandated purpose as supported by Grant County citizens.
I regret that I was misled and caused duress to Glenn Palmer. I strongly feel that culpability lies with Boyd Britton, Mark Webb and King William is coercing me to file a discrimination suit.
I attest everything I have written to be the truth.
Grant County Public Forest Commission
Nicky Sprauve requested that we take this story down.
We decided to do so and then were asked by Nicky to put it back up.
Any questions as to the reasons of Nicky’s requests should be directed to Nicky.
Thank you for all your wonderful support and we look forward to years of serving the community.
The Voice of Grant County, Oregon executive staff