It’s done and over and, ironically the voters of the cities of Santa Clara county out-voted the county residents where nearly all precincts supported Kevin Jensen, giving us 4 more years of an incumbent that many of us have grave concerns about in regards to leadership.
Someone recently said to me the power of willful ignorance can never be overstated. I agree; I add, willful ignorance and intellectual laziness in the electoral process is an incumbent’s greatest friend and change’s greatest enemy. I can’t urge you strongly enough to be the change you want to see in your government, be it local or federal. Educate yourselves about your vote in the future. Verify everything, especially the things you find you agree with.
But back to today. Something has happened here, something we can not let go of, we need to cherish and continue to grow. Kevin has given us something that maybe none of us could give ourselves — the ability to work together as a team to make positive things happen. He is a leader we all respect and we can continue to strive to his level, even if we continue to face challenges some will put in front of us to get there.
As we’ve said all along, we are professionals and we will always do our job to the best of our abilities. That is why we stood up in the first place. Because we demand a higher quality that what is current expected. There is no reason we have to stop fighting for that quality. Today we just do it in other ways, and we hope against hope the incumbent is a gracious winner and joins us in making things better rather than keeping the promises some of her administration have been making.
The one thing we have to keep up is to support each other. Don’t leave your co-worker out there to be targeted without a voice. There was a time not long ago when a person was targeted by the Sheriff or one of her people, they were forced to stand alone. We would turn our backs in fear, keeping our heads down, thinking if they would just keep their mouths shut like us, it would go away. I think we all know, it doesn’t go away when it’s like that and the next target could just as easily be you.
Now is the time to stand together even more. While we hope our incumbent will be professional and adhere to her public claims of improving things, we have reason to be cynical. Years of reasons to be cynical. We know a number of people have already been pulled aside and warned by people like Sung and Pantega. Just like when we stood up for Kevin, they can’t get all of us if we all continue to stand together.
If you should come under fire, the boards of the DSA and CPOA have committed to protecting their membership. Don’t endure being in a hostile work environment alone. Keep your union leadership apprised of what is happening. File grievances if necessary, use the process that we have allowed to stagnate because of the fear if we used it things would be worse, rather than better.
Casey is going to disappear after this post. Right now, there is no point in Casey existing and I don’t want to become an excuse for the administration to take action if she chooses not to keep her promises.
If deputies feel I need to come back for some reason, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I will never be far if it comes to going to the public again becomes our best option.
Kevin, thank you for standing up as our leader and as our example. I can only strive to be the kind of person you are. The county has suffered a great loss in not getting you as our next sheriff, but let us all hope that we can go forward with the lessons you taught us and continue to fight for something better. Thank you to your family for supporting you and your efforts to support us and being as determined as the rest of us. Enjoy your retirement and your family before diving back into everything you do.
Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.