By Samantha Joseph
MARTIN COUNTY - With a nearly three-decade-long law enforcement career to his credit, Major John "Ski" Pietruszewski says he is ready to head the Martin County Sheriff's Office.
As director of emergency management services and training, he said he is uniquely skilled to prepare for emergencies, and has served in several capacities throughout his career, including as division commander of directed operations, where he oversaw community policing, the marine unit, K-9 operations, aviation and other departments, as well as developed the first mobile field force unit.
A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Maj. "Ski" Pietruszewski was also in the military from 1960 to 1967, with five overseas deployments and official recognition of his leadership skills.
His involvement with civic and community organizations have earned him multiple accolades and awards, including the law enforcement Officer of the Year prize for community service in 2010 from the Stuart/Jensen Beach Elks Club.
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Name: Maj. John "Ski" Pietruszewski
Occupation: Deputy sheriff
Spouse and children: Wife Ruth, daughter, Leslie, son Derek and grandson, Lucas.
Q: How long have you lived in Martin County?
A: 32 years
Q: Why did you decide to run?
A: The Martin County Sheriff's Office is one of the best in the state. I have been with the sheriff's office for 29 years. Martin County is the safest county in the 19th Circuit and the contiguous counties due to aggressive law enforcement. I have contributed to the tradition of the reputation of the sheriff's office for being tough on criminals for 29 years, and I want to continue the tradition.
Q: What are the top two issues you plan to address for the county?
A: Providing effective law enforcement with shrinking revenues and providing effective law enforcement in a fiscally responsible manner. I have a history of fiscal responsibility.
Q: What are the other central issues of your campaign?
A: To defend the people of Martin County to assure equal justice for all citizens, and to guarantee the liberty to our citizens, as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.
To stop the youth gang problem before it is a major issue in the county.
Q: What makes you the most qualified candidate?
A: I am the only candidate who possesses the experience in all the areas necessary to run a sheriff's office. I am the only one who has business and military experience, combined with 29 years of hands-on law enforcement and administrative knowledge and know how. I am the only full-time law enforcement officer running. I am the only U.S. military veteran who is a viable candidate. I learned responsibility, commitment, leadership (I have been promoted five times) and patriotism in the 7.5 years I served in the military. I am also the only former small businessman running.
My wife, Ruth and I, owned and operated three service-oriented businesses successfully for 17 years.
Phone: (772) 324-0890