In regard to Kenmore Police Chief ElmerArnet's letter of Oct. 9, I must disagree with his statement that high scores on promotional exams can be a gift from the Almighty and also from an individual's gene pool.
Capt. Patrick Gallivan's scoring the top grade on both the sergeant's and the lieutenant's exam was the result of preparation and hard work. He was competing against hundreds of qualified New York State troopers on these exams.
His appointment to captain was made by an appointing authority composed of top-rankingadministrators of the New York State Police. In addition, he has a bachelor's degree in education and a master's degree in police science and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.
While Rocco Diina's success in the business world would make him an excellent candidate for county executive, Capt. Gallivan's success in the field of law enforcement makes him the choice for sheriff of Erie County.
Richard A. Stitzel Retired Chief of Police