Roger Bentley has been named chairman of the Delta County Republican Central Committee. Jim Wetzel, who chaired the GOP's vacancy committee, said the committee reviewed two applications before selecting Bentley. He replaces Linda Sorenson, who resigned after an internal report found she had violated committee bylaws regarding preprimary neutrality. The report was compiled by the party's accountability committee during an investigation into a post on Sorenson's Facebook page which was widely critized as offensively racist. Committee members said that while they disagreed with the "share" of that meme, the post did not violate any rules or bylaws and the right of free speech must be protected.
A collaborative effort between the Delta County Sheriff's Office and municipal law enforcement agencies throughout Delta County has resulted in a proposal for a 1 percent sales tax increase to fund public safety. A PowerPoint presentation titled "Back the Badge" is starting to make the rounds at city/town council meetings, service club luncheons and other events.