Is the public that concerned over the doings of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department or is a spate of bad publicity just a media harangue and coincidence ?
TV 7 reports county legislators are considering an independent probe...by who, we don't know ?
Other insiders and those close to the incidents in question say it's more a case of the difficulty with civil service in a union shop to impose quick and certain discipline.
A GOP legislator told me the Sheriff is doing a great job and that lawmakers support his efforts...Meanwhile other lawmakers say there's a lack of leadership and perhaps a need for an investigation, although that sounds like a parroting of a recent editorial.
Insiders say the deputy found passed out in a patrol car was having personal problems, and that the one who punched a woman in a barfight was trying to hit someone else. In all these events there is nothing contemplated beyond a suspension.
Of course the public view of all this is clouded by executive sessions and "personel matters" privacy claims.
Unlike most aspects of local government the Sheriff's Department is run by an elected official. That person certainly owes an explanation to the public, and the public in turn has the ability to make change via an election. So far no one is openly talking about running in 2014, but I am sure their campaign would be easier with a report to waive in the air.
What may be worth looking at are the overall personel policies and the appetite for the HR office and department heads to take on discipline issues and not just hide behind how difficult it is with civil service and unions.
But if its a change in leadership in the department, then those concerned should slug it out in the next campaign. That's how change happens.
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