Sheriff Ken Campbell said his office began preparing for the Jan. 5 storm 36 hours in advance, adding extra staff, and “still, it was call to call to call.”
Commissioner Dan Lawson asked Carney to tell his employees how appreciative he was of their efforts.
“If people can do nothing but complain and send nasty emails to us, they need to show up at public meetings and address it with us, instead of calling you guys,” Lawson said.
He appreciated how Campbell was “able to keep such a calm attitude” during interviews by radio and TV reporters while the county was under a Level III snow emergency – which stipulates the public should attempt travel only in an emergency.
Some businesses should remain open during an emergency, Campbell said, but only if they provide an essential service, such as auto parts stores, groceries and pharmacies. Too many drivers who had no business being on the roads created unnecessary danger to themselves and to police, fire and EMS personnel, Campbell said.
“We’re paid to take risks, but not needless risks,” Campbell said. “I wish we could turn people away” from roads during the storm.
"Every time you do something stupid and get out during a snowstorm like this, it endangers these people’s lives," Commissioner Jeff Wolfe said.
“You can’t fix stupid,” Lawson said.