Your Jan. 18 editorial praises Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez for his actions concerning a civilian employee at the Lake County Jail. The Times is correct to offer this praise for the new sheriff's action, but the sheriff must recuse himself and his department from any investigation into the actions of former sheriff John Buncich or any person related to Buncich for the following reasons.
First, Martinez filed, and I believe still has open, a federal lawsuit against Buncich.
Second, his chief was demoted by Buncich in rank/position at one time.
Third, an investigation into the actions of Buncich or anyone related to him, by a member of the sheriff's department, might be construed as payback.
I would strongly suggest Martinez request a full investigation by federal authorities and the State Board of Accounts into all components of the sheriff's department, to include contracts for services, all grant money from any source (audit), and the Lake County Sheriff's pension fund.
Without a full investigation from a neutral third party, issues or crimes by not be found for years!
Thomas Ostrowski, Crown Point