Resident Deputy Sheriff: In Wild and Woolly West Marin 1964 to 1969 ... and Then Some ! a Collection of Vivid Vignettes
As a long-time Deputy Sheriff in Marin County, Weldon lived through some very interesting times relevant to law enforcement, participating in fighting the most vicious crimes emananting from the hottest issues of the day. His many memorable experiences, in and out of uniform, were always in the interests of keeping the peace. The book's subtitle, ". . . in Wild and Wooly West Marin; a collection of vivid vignettes," says a lot about its contents. The author's tales brim with a variety of countercultural events, and the many ways that humans succumb to evil and occasionally rise in redemption. Many revelations are devilishly humorous but all reflect the image of a conscientious man who has, fortunately for Marin County and California society, invested the major part of his life in keeping the sane balance between extremes of behavior found in the Golden State.
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This is one darn good read- funny, insightful, compassionate, brevity with the soul of wit, and more. The long, strange trip of being a cop in the rural parts of my home, Marin County, before, during and after hot tub mania and anti-authoritarianism is wonderfully described, along with some tender thoughts about lost souls. Weldon has some creative anti-authoritarianism himself- how else to describe someone who fashioned some off-the-books solutions to weird situations? The story about letting some poor wigged-out fella get off on the red light atop the sheriff`s car is worth the read alone.....
As the retired editor and publisher of The Pulitzer-winning Point Reyes Light in West Marin, I am somewhat familiar with the inner workings of the office of the Marin County Sheriff during the era the book describes, and this is a first-rate account of what went on. This book by retired Sergeant Weldon Travis is in turn funny, tragic, and self-revealing. I recommend Resident Deputy Sheriff in Wild and Wooly West Marin to anyone interested in the demons and triumphs in the life of a law-enforcement officer. Ironically, Travis survived an ill-conceived attempt to fire him and in the process became an amusing martyr in the eyes of the public and San Francisco Bay Area newspapers, as is reflected in news clippings reprinted in the epilogue.