I have known Gary Behler for 20 years. Gary worked for Bethel Bible Village as the director of Program Services for sixteen years, and I was Bethel's executive director for twelve of those years. I believe that Mr. Behler is the man for the job of the Juvenile Court Clerk.
Having served for 22 years in residential child care, I have had many dealings with the the court system and DHS. Gary Behler will bring proven qualities and a fresh perspective to that position.
Gary's education: a B.S. and M.S. in Criminal Justice has given him the training and an understanding of the court's system. His experience in adult corrections, residential child care, and teaching as an adjunct professor in Criminal Justice gives him a wealth of knowledge. What I personally know is the expertise that Mr. Behler brought to the jobs that he has held. He has been recognized in every field that he has worked as an outstanding employee and supervisor.
While at Bethel, he served over 800 children and their families. He was the key to BBV's receiving national accreditation for 12 years. Bethel had a contract with Tennessee to serve children, and the state comptrollers every year gave Bethel and Gary high marks for the services we rendered. The best thing I can say about Gary Behler is his heart for children and their families. It is a must that the records are excellent, but it is great when that child, teenager and their family know that the person keeping the records really does care about them and their future. Gary is the man, and he is worthy of your support and vote.
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I've been privileged to know Gary Behler in a variety of contexts over the past 30 years. He was a college classmate, then the father of one of my son's classmates from kindergarten through high school graduation, and always a trusted friend. He is a committed husband and father, and he walks the walk when it comes to his deep faith.
I also know him as a professional. His work ethic is tremendous, and his integrity is unassailable. He has administrative and managerial experience within the criminal justice system and has spent the bulk of his work life in positions where he's been able to make a lasting impact on children and adults alike.
I can say without reservation that he would bring the same level of commitment, trust, and integrity to the office of Juvenile Court Clerk. I've already cast my vote for him, and I hope you'll consider doing the same.
Patty Hudson Streip