When D.A. Rosen gave his people extra perks after the county made cuts, all hell broke loose. The B.o.S. were outraged, the Sheriff was happily there to offer to assist in investigating the actions of the District Attorney. The “inappropriate” perks were made a big deal of, but DA Rosen felt that his people didn’t deserve the cut they received. Ultimately he was investigated by the Attorney General and found to be within the law and within his rights to act.
Jump over to the Sheriff’s Office. There has been some strife because a cherished perk the lieutenants were entitled to was removed — their “take home” cars and the gas that goes into them. These were, to my understanding, not only a “perk” but possibly a “perk” being provided under the veil of “necessary equipment” due to the lieutenants being on a perpetual “on call” status. This means that this “perk” was also tax free. If my information is correct, during the last negotiations, this perk was removed as a cost saving measure and now the lieutenants can earn actual overtime pay in lieu of their tax-free county ride. The Captains, not being covered by the DSA, have retained their take home cars and free gasoline.
I have wondered many times over the years just how many lieutenants and captains have actually left their warm bed to go to a call out in the middle of the night to necessitate those cars. But I digress…
Fast forward to the fact that it was recently noted by some that at least one special lieutenant has suddenly regained his take home car. It seems this happened right around the time this special lieutenant made a special appearance at the SBLC candidate debate night where he bashed the DSA and CPOA in favor of the sheriff. I guess he was really irate over losing his car in nego… oh… never mind.
Let’s improve that story of this “secret” and “inappropriate” perk this lieutenant has suddenly acquired. It appears he is in violation of the policy that take home cars should not be taken out of county and I have been unable to find any reason (like him actually being on call for something) to necessitate a waiver of that policy.
Like that? Let’s go one better — sources have told me this lieutenant recently drove his county ride into the rear end of the vehicle in front of him while texting, while out of county. How many violations of policy do we have now?
1. lieutenant with an “inappropriate” perk
2. lieutenant with a county ride out of county
3. lieutenant texting while driving – illegal and against policy
4. lieutenant who has been the cause of an accident.
People have been left in the hole for 6 mos. or more on administrative leave waiting to be fire for less than that.
Take the rumor to another level, and I admit, I only have a sole source for this information, and they were not present, nor were they part of or in any way involved in the incident, so I am taking it with a grain of salt as it has come through a longer grapevine that I am usually willing to trust…. the rumor is that another deputy and a trainee were sent out, with the trainee driving a fresh unmarked, following his superior officer out of county to — pick up the shameful lieutenant and give him a ride home so he could take his own car into the office in the morning and face the music for his actions? No, no, no…Silly Rabbit — to provide that man with a fresh county ride so the lieutenant could get himself home and back to work with as little inconvenience as possible.
Really, Rosen was giving his top people a perk after he felt they were treated unfairly by the county. People who were actually on call 24/7. People who actually busted their asses working, not just doing favors to make Rosen look good when the public was looking. The Sheriff appears to be using county tax dollars and violating all kinds of policy to reward those who step up in her favor and do her bidding and nothing more.
Where’s the investigation into her actions?
Have a great weekend everyone.