The Sunday (Dec. 2) article on former Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes was thoroughly researched and well-written.

In my view, it accurately depicts BJ’s energy, relentless attention to detail, and sense of dedication and fair play toward his staff and citizens. He was also diligent in complying with legal requirements.

The references to his predecessor Walter “Sticky” Burch were also apt. Sticky was fastidious and left BJ with a strong organization. Burch is also, at age 100, one of the finer gentlemen you will ever meet.

The bar has indeed been set high for our new sheriff. Godspeed.

Jonathan Maxwell


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The writer is a former attorney for Guilford County.