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Posted on May 15 at 7:22 p.m.
To Priceless...I have read your comments and realize you share a line level assessment of the Sheriff's Department along with the two candidates being discussed. To ask what other experience a successful sheriff needs other than being in law enforcement is laughable. I have no time to discuss this matter with someone such as yourself. The bottom line is that Bill Brown will easily win re election. That's politics. Bill is very popular with his constituents. Today a big step was taken toward a north county jail. Anyone who does not realize that jail is necessary knows nothing about custody obligations now and in the future. If you or others think the DSA endorsement, or any other cop endorsements is necessary to win...think again. And by the way, what motivated Jim Thomas to run for Sheriff was that John Carpenter had him removed from the Command College. Jim eventually graduated as have perhaps four other members of the department past/present. I certainly am not a dinosaur. I helped Bill oust Jim Anderson and I will help him win re election. This is the science of politics Priceless. I realized that commenting in the Independent would provoke folks like you. Sooo...Adios...I am back on the campaign trail.
On UCSB Police Officer Running for Sheriff
Posted on May 14 at 11:05 p.m.
Although it is early in this campaign it is important to put forth some facts. One of these challengers is a slick sleeved UCSB cop who was a sergeant on the tiny Santa Paula P.D. The other, although a nice lady is simply a first line supervisor in the Coroners Office. Neither have the experience to run the Sheriff's Department. These are tough fiscal times. Both of these challengers have criticized Sheriff Brown on his effort to build a North County Jail. Perhaps they are unaware that the Sheriff is mandated to run a jail...that's it. They seemed focused on the IVFP. They claim morale at the SBSO has never been so bad. Good grief...I worked for Jim Webster, John Carpenter, and Jim Thomas. Detractors said the same about them as well as Jim Anderson. Sheriff Brown is trying to keep deputies in patrol cars and the jail running effectively with less funding. I worked at the executive level for Jim Thomas. I well know that a first line supervisor simply does not have the experience to run the SBSO. Candidate Smith touts his attendance at the FBI Academy. It is easy to get into the FBI Academy and is certainly not challenging. Most Chief's of Police and Sheriff's are Command College graduates. They attained the office after working their way up as middle managers, command staff or executive staff. I have reviewed and analyzed the endorsement lists for both Smith and Sandra Brown. I see some malcontent SBSO personnel and a whole bunch of Ventura County cops behind Smith. I see some malcontent retired SBSO employees who were Anderson supporters 8 years ago, as well as some of the North County Ag crowd who are emboldened by the election of Peter Adam behind Sandra Brown. They see the Sheriff's race as partisan and Bill Brown has not given them their Sheriff's Council crowns, special badges, CCW's and other special treatment. Pay attention voters...Bill Brown should be re elected.
Posted on November 17 at 10:23 p.m.
I was the North County Operations Division Commander for the Sheriff's Department when John Sterling became COP in Santa Maria. In my personal experience John did more to improve relations between his department and mine than any chief I can remember. One day he gathered his entire department for a group photograph. While he was doing this he asked us to patrol the City of Santa Maria. He was a "cops cop", a leader with tremendous integrity. His troops loved him. The community loved him. Later when I was a chief deputy John and I worked together when a Hell's Angel funeral was held in Santa Maria. As a former Oakland Police Department lieutenant John was very familiar with the Hells Angels. His experience in that arena was instrumental in making the event peaceful and orderly. I am retired now yet, from the mountains of Idaho I salute you John Sterling and extend my deepest sympathy to the Sterling family.
On Former Santa Maria Police Chief Dies
Posted on August 12 at 8:50 a.m.
Good work Santa Barbara Police! A retired executive such as Mr. Trenholme should find a constructive community project to invest his time in.
On Towed Away
Posted on June 15 at 10:12 p.m.
Sadly, regardless of her claims about leading a non profit organization, Dudley has no pertinent leadership experience. Not as a supervisor of prosecutors, nor, more importantly as an executive. I can understand her disdain for Lynn. His campaign people put together some attack ads that contained some half truths. Nevertheless, she was elected because she is a Democrat and because Lynn listened to some retired D.A. investigators who led him astray. At will is not conclusive, and I hope Mr. Lynn simply goes to work for A. Barry Cappello's law firm. A lawsuit, while perhaps warranted would be counterproductive. How can an all star prosecutor work for a second stringer who now is the boss. Yet, most county employees who are terminated win their jobs back, with back pay. Due to her inexperience, and those of her trusted inner circle, I expect Dudley to have administrative problems in the area of personnel and leadership right away. I had hoped that Bramsen would run against Dudley in four years. Now I suspect she folded to pressure from the new D.A. in waiting as well as the Carbajal cartel. Perhaps another candidate will surface before the next election.
On Josh Lynn Terminated
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