The latest development in the never-ending Measure Z soap opera, as reported by the LoCO, is just plain sickening.
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s office was granted – by the gracious will of the County’s voting public – $3.5 million dollars, or enough to hire 13 new Sheriff’s deputies.
The purpose of the money was to put “more boots on the ground,” according to the Sheriff’s Department. Want to know what the first thing the Sheriffs did with that money?
It was to give two of their existing VIP officers some nice big raises. At this point, you’re probably thinking something along the lines of “What the F***?”
And you rightly should be. Apparently, the Sheriff’s have their pompous heads so far up their fat, greedy asses that they can’t see how utterly ridiculous and offensive it is for them to have their hands out asking for more.
The Sheriff’s Department is busy slinging mud over towards the Supervisors, and for once, THC is going to come down on the Supervisor’s side in this one. (We didn’t even call them Stupidvisors! Oh, wait.)
The Board of Supervisors, after taking direction from public input and an advisory committee, allocated $3.5 million to the Sheriff’s office. Guess who else got a bigger slice of that Measure Z pie? That’s right: nobody.
And to have the audacity to use those funds for a purpose that was not intended or announced prior to the gift of taxpayer funds, and then to ask for more? Disgusting.
Certainly, there are other issues surrounding this debate. Retention of experienced deputies is difficult, for a variety of reasons. We hear loud and clear that the Sheriffs whine about not providing competitive wages to new hires – we won’t even make the point about how much more they are earning than an average Humboldt resident.
But the Sheriffs had an excellent opportunity to build trust with the public, and to add numbers to their ranks (which, contrary to what their statement would have you believe, is already set to happen). They, unfortunately, decided to use that specifically earmarked money to bolster the pay and compensation packages of two of their own. Whether those two Sheriff’s were deserving of a promotion or not is entirely beside the point. Just to underline the point, one of those deputies raked in $150,209.35 in 2013. Before his promotion.
The truth of the matter is that the Sheriffs are flat-out liars in this situation. The consequence is that all of Humboldt can smell the reek of their bullshit from a mile off, and – THC strongly hopes – will respond to their pathetic, whining pity party with a resounding “PISS OFF!”