Well we knew it was a matter of time and that time is here. Time to see who will be rewarded and who will be punished for their actions in this election cycle. I was just sent the below attachments. It is the agenda and agenda packet for today’s 2:00 PM meeting of the Santa Clara County Public Safety and Justice Committee. I tried not to laugh when I typed “Public Safety” as that is so not a consideration here. I couldn’t find a full list of the members of this committee, but I did find the chairperson is Mike Wasserman and Vice Chairperson, Cindy Chavez — a woman who is apparently in neck deep with campaign promises to the Sheriff. Interestingly also, is the lack of dates listed for this committee, but not times.
But on to the meat of this meeting….
Many of the DSA members stood up knowing that they would become her personal targets so this really shouldn’t come as any surprise. Hopefully our DSA members realize that now more than ever is time to stand up and stop the abuse of public trust and our deputies by the incumbent. Speaking out about an agency on the verge of failure because of poor leadership should not be a punishable offense. The deputies want better for their neighbors and communities, the Sheriff shouldn’t be allowed to try to silence them, and when silencing them does not work s the second option division will be used to try to knock down morale even further.
We have bets on which of the 4 captains supporting her will get a newly acquired Assistant Sheriff position in Corrections, for a total of three Assistant Sheriffs. So far we have bets on 4 candidates who will be in the running the newly described job that actually lowers the requirements of the leadership position and apparently eliminates the sworn peace officer requirement for the $250+K salary and benefits package. Lowering the standards to do the job is becoming the standard for our incumbent – a standard that is in some ways starting to create risks that could directly impact the public, much more to come on this soon. The competition for a job like this usually means who can cause the most damage to others — may the best man win (because you know she’s not going to consider another woman to promote to that level if she can avoid it) — like harassing deputies and officers who have come out for Kevin Jensen.
A number of Sheriff’s Office enforcement sergeants will be spanked, it appears a large number are to be removed from the positions in the jails and replaced with more 16 more expensive jails sergeants — yes, they are more expensive, the sheriff used old salary information to make it appear that there is a savings in this move — with less training, less experience and no criminal investigative and report experience. What training has been given to the Correction sergeants since the sheriff’s office took over four years ago to prepare for the enforcement sergeants being removed? Nothing has been done to prepare them.
So what then happens to the displaced enforcement sergeants? There is no place to put them Are there to be demotions of as many as 8 to 11 sergeants, possibly more in order to accommodate the placement more expensive, un trained sergeants with corrections training into the positions of enforcement officers?
his is just scratching the surface of what the Sheriff is asking from the county. I just gave it a scan so far.
You can see it’s item #6 on the agenda, listed as: Accept report from Office of the Sheriff relating to assaults in the jail and the relationship to gang activity and the implementation of Assembly Bill 109 in Santa Clara County jail facilities. The actual “report” she’s offering seems to have little to do with the agenda item, you can read it yourself in the packet, starting on 71 and running through page 95 (to include Under Sheriff Hirokawa’s report on the ” financial plan” for the Inmate Welfare Fund).
It’s my understanding that deputies just found out about this yesterday. Timely.
We’ll pick this apart later… let’s see what the county officials decide to do with this potential morale crushing mess that will likely send deputies fleeing much like we saw happen with the San Jose Police. The job is hard enough for our good deputies, who needs a boss who is constantly attacking the workers to make the job this much more difficult.
How much damage do we allow this woman to do to this office and our public safety before we vote her out of office?
Please feel free to join me in reading Sheriff’s Smith’s sometimes outrageous requests starting on page 71 of the Full Agenda document. We should know how the county bows down to her before too long.