Praise for Sheriff Brown

Friday, April 25, 2014
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Clearly, after Wednesday night’s League of Women Voters candidate’s forum, the voters of Santa Barbara County have only one choice — to reelect Bill Brown for County Sheriff.

In response to a question about the current morale of the men and women who serve under his command, Sheriff Brown said morale, like a stream, ebbs and flows depending on current staffing levels, budget allocations, and workload. Can he do a better job at improving staff morale? Absolutely, and he will.

But to do so, the voters of Santa Barbara County must make a decision. With all that Sheriff Brown has accomplished in the last seven and a half years, is now the time to elect a candidate with no executive leadership skills, very limited experience with no formal education, and whose response to a question about the county’s Measure M (roads and infrastructure funding) was to “let the voters figure it out.” I don’t think so.

Sheriff Bill Brown has been tempered by major wildfires, has shown levelheaded courage during unprecedented budget cuts and staff reductions, continues to work hard to solve our county’s jail inmate problems, and is ready to make the tough decisions. His “no frills” approach and proven commitment makes him our best and only choice to lead the men and women of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department into the future. Let’s do this — reelect Bill Brown on June 3!


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Who wrote this...?!

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
April 25, 2014 at 10:33 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Bob Dole.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
April 25, 2014 at 11:46 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The fact that the Deputy Sheriff's Association has not made an endorsement in this race speaks volumes! These are the very men and women that Bill Brown "leads" (and I use that term loosly). He did nothing in the wildfires other than showboat with the Governor...his troops did the planning and execution of evacutions under the direction of the fire department. His (mis)-management of the budget cuts has torn apart the department and his singular focus of the new jail has stagnated the department and left the ship wandering out to sea without a captain...

Time for a change!

VoiceofSB (anonymous profile)
April 28, 2014 at 9:34 a.m. (Suggest removal)

VoiceofSB did you see this?

Just saw this post on Noozhawk;

"I just heard the Deputy Sheriffs Association voted not to endorse a candidate. I guess that speaks volumes about Sheriff Bill Browns support from the deputies on the street and in the jail. They may have chose not to endorse Sandra but Bill is the incumbent. That must hurt his ego big time!!!"

Something is up in the Sheriff's dept…..

Priceless (anonymous profile)
April 28, 2014 at 9:57 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Dear SB Independent Readers and Registered Voters:

Like many of you, I do not understand why supporters of any candidate need to resort to negative campaigning, when sharing a candidate's positive contributions and qualities have a more positive affect in reaching a reader's/voter's sensibilities.

Fact Check:

1. Why hasn’t the Sheriff’s Association of Santa Barbara County made an endorsement for County Sheriff? I suggest that the SB Independent and readers ask them and not merely rely on innuendos cast by fictitiously named bloggers. See their Endorsement page at:
2. The difference between organizational Leadership & operational management? Despite what some bloggers might say, Sheriff Bill Brown was actively involved leading our County’s law enforcement effort during some of the largest wildfires in Santa Barbara County – the Mesa, Jesusita and Tea fires. As in most wildfires that occur in the Rural-Urban-City interface, fires of this size and scope are managed under a Unified Joint Command lead by a specially trained Federal, State or County Fire Commander. Sheriff Brown is always first to credit his agency’s command officers, managers, supervisors and field staff for risking their lives in protecting our residents and visitors and their property – everyday. Yes, even after Deltopia.
3. Sheriff Brown is fixated on solving jail over crowding problem at the expense of preserving staff positions and he chooses politics over public protection? Despite what some may perceive, the job, as our County’s top cop requires our Sheriff to master the art of negotiation, build consensus across competing political interests and stand firm on his/her professional commitments. Sheriff Brown accepted his appointment to serve our County Sheriff 7 ½ years ago with a plan to solve our County’s jail over crowding problem. Yes, I said “our” problem. Almost 26 years ago, when then Sheriff John Carpenter was in charge, a group of jail inmates filed a lawsuit alleging that our County Jail was overcrowded and did not meet current standards (Inmates of Santa Barbara Jail vs. Sheriff John Carpenter (Case #152487). Since that initial court decision in 1988, every Santa Barbara County Sheriff that preceded Sheriff Bill Brown has tried his best to fix the problem. See chronology of court orders dating back to 1988 at:

Sheriff Bill Brown has earned our support and deserves our votes to finish the job.

RRojasSr (anonymous profile)
April 28, 2014 at 11:26 a.m. (Suggest removal)


The Deputy Sheriff's Association chose not to endorse Bill Brown.

That is a statement in itself. Nothing further needs to be addressed if his own people fail to see his leadership.

Nuh said……...

Priceless (anonymous profile)
May 1, 2014 at 6:56 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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