This is a report done on October 28, 2020, shortly after midnight. Scott Haines attempted to force his way into a co-worker’s door. Other co-workers weigh in. Unsurprisingly, this does not trigger an IA investigation in Santa Rosa.
Category: Escambia County
Business as Usual: How Routine Public Corruption Affects People Like You
I said there was going to be a followup blog on Jon Beard and his excessive force hi jinks, however, Beard’s personnel records have been delayed and then, well, the nation went into mass chaos with calls for “defunding the police”. I didn’t want to add any fuel to that fire. So I apologize for not posting on this issue, which is a HUGE PROBLEM, for the ECSO, but I wanted no hand in encouraging behavior that compromises the community safety because of improper timing. The harm vs the truth ratio was out of balance for me. Beard’s story will be told, but the timing, to tell it, is not now.
I did want to speak from the heart on the world events. I do this blog because of my personal sense of duty to do the right thing, not for personal gain, but because it is right. I think I have inspired others to step up, even though there is fear and uncertainty. Some cannot due to circumstances and that I understand. That is why I choose to be the voice for those who cannot speak for themselves. There is no personal gain for me, other than peace of being able to live with my own choices.
I have been labeled as “crazy”, “lone nut”. I have been said to misunderstand events and the law. I have been told my efforts are for naught. None of these things prevented me from continuing on a path I consider my own. Some people I haven’t been able to help as much as I wish. While others, I feel, I aided their cause and progressed their fight for some amount of justice. I listen to everyone who comes to me and do the best I can to make sure everyone feels heard. That is what is missing in society today. We let people talk, only to form a rebuttal. We try to discredit people whose stories initially seem implausible because of our own experiences. That is probably the most infuriating feeling in the world. I take great pains in trying to understand the issues. Yes, I know I’m an anomaly. I’m okay with that. Recently, I have lost a colleague I genuinely love because of petty bullshit. We are all batshit crazy in our own way and it’s okay to be passionate to fault in causes that are important to us. However, it cannot be okay to be so passionate that we do not have compassion or that we get tunnel vision. I have spent a great deal of time contemplating my own zealousness. Because of this situation, I took a break to gather my thoughts and analyze my focus.
In doing “The Devil Got Appointed in Georgia”, I wanted to show that the same corruption exists in so many places and it is what is undermining our country now. The problem of sidestepping laws to aid friends, bending the law, for whatever reason, makes the scales unbalanced. Holding people to differing levels of lawfulness erodes public trust and confidence in the law and legal system. Corruption is the unseen theme in EVERY case I have discussed. It is my priority to expose it. Wrongful convictions are an epidemic in Florida, as one of the top states in wrongful conviction exonerations. The system is meant to push people, innocent or not, into a system from which their lives are inextricably linked. My agenda is simple: Fix the underlying corruption that destroys lives. Now on to the next case.
This is the beginning of a new series. I wanted to briefly explain the importance of these stories.
Everything that has hurt the people of Pensacola, Escambia County, can be reduced to corruption. Yet no one calls a spade a spade. The “c” word is played down and rarely spoken there. Everyone seems to think it doesn’t really exist, but it does. Any shortcut, work around, favor done that bypasses the law–no matter how insignificant it may seem—is corruption. These practices are so ingrained in the culture, most do not even recognize exactly what is going on. But each of these shortcuts, work arounds, favors means someone else gets hurt in some way. It may not be immediate, or even something the grantor of such things knows happens, but it is a ripple in the water.
Public trust disintegrates; the law is undermined; an example is set; another line in the sand is crossed; the silent echo magnifies into the universe….By the time the harm is felt it is exponentially worse than the little transgressions that created them. People cannot protect themselves from the silent danger they don’t know exists.
Part 1 of this series will be within the next day or so. It begins with a new case. Stand by.
Escambia County Shit Show
Public Safety in Pensacola is purely a fictitious concept. EMS, Fire and the Sheriff’s Office are in a tattered state of being. No one is truly safe. Between crooked deputies, the tentative fire department hierarchy and untrained and certified EMS, I pray for the citizens of my beloved hometown. It is truly sad to see such a vibrant and dynamic city (county) become equivalent to Detroit (Wayne County), Michigan or Baltimore, Maryland, cities run into the ground by its own governance.
While this sort of inward breakdown is frequently seen in international cities struggling with regime change or some sort of cataclysmic, covert act that throws the government into chaos, these few US cities have found loopholes to the checks and balances in place to prevent this type of chaos. Their steadfast manipulations have made the cities in precarious straits. It’s not just abandonment of fiduciary duties, it is abuse of staff, misdirection of actual events, and blind eyes being turned towards these behaviors by colleagues and political alliances. It has taken years for the cities to fall into this anarchy and thus it will take years to repair.
Surgically removing individuals that are the source of the bedlam, like Kwami Kilpatrick in Detroit (whose every connection within the local agency was self serving and against the interest of his constituency), is the prudent and most expedient way to handle these situations without the cities caving in. However, sometimes removing the causal or most contaminating force such as Kilpatrick, isn’t enough. Time has shown that this strategy wasn’t the most pragmatic way to handle that local corruption, especially in Detroit, because the support staff and remaining government outside the mayor’s office, had adopted a mindset that showed that there unable to proceed ethically and legitimately. To this day, Kwami is nevertheless considered a martyr in many circles, politically and otherwise. He maintains support and backers who have never seen the depravity and deterioration done and they don’t know what he did wrong. Unfortunately, it is my belief, this is the case in Escambia County.
What is the answer? I don’t know. That is for brains bigger than mine. But it is an emergency situation, where NO locals can fix the problems set in place over the last few years. I know I’ve mentioned this before, but when I started talking to people and heard about the political favors and backroom deals, I called it corruption and EVERY ONE I talked to would immediately say, “no, it’s not corruption; it’s just people doing “favors””. I would say, “so it’s corruption”, because that is the definition of corruption, going outside the laws and policies/procedures to do “favors” for personal, professional, or political gain. THAT IS CORRUPTION, even if these “favors” are seemingly, benignly done, at first.
The hiring of Janice Kilgore and Janice Gilley were opportunities missed to correct some of the persistent issues within the county. They were hired because they knew the people and issues. They can seamlessly be shifted into positions. But those things that make them good, immediate answers are the things that make them the exact wrong people for those jobs. Yes, hiring from the outside will take more time and there will be a learning period for whoever comes in but that time in choosing qualified outsiders is also an investment into anti-corruption measures for the future. Right now, the county is in the same position of scramble they historically find themselves in, just prior to or after a colossal uproar which will inevitably happen. Same cycle, different day. People who do not heed history are destined to repeat it and we are in for that one more time.
The most dangerous but most reliable way to handle the problems at hand today, is what I assume Governor DeSantis will be forced to do, purge all the constitutional officers and bring in people from the outside, with an absolute clean slate of support staff from other counties within the state. Each resignation, firing and investigation into the various essential departments will insure that DeSantis will be forced to intervene.
RECAP of CURRENT POLITICS IN PENSACOLA, FLORIDA
This post has been difficult to write because I’ve found that so many illegal, improper things keep happening that it is difficult to focus on just one. So this is going to be an overview of where everything stands today.
- Doug Underhill vs Alan McMillan
This political race is virtually over. God seems to have cast His grace on District 2. Polls show McMillan has a strong lead. This particular poll has been historically accurate. Bless God!! Barring any election dabbling, this should be a done deal. The citizens have a chance in this district again. Doug Underhill is a lame duck who will be without his entourage, trolls and bulldog. No commission seat = no use to your friends.
2. Eric Haines vs ECSO Deputies
Haines has said in negotiations with PBA that he holds $9 Million and thus he gets anything he wants from deputies. To date, no raises have been given except for the trainees who have a higher rate of pay than the deputies who are compressed. The compressed deputies is really who the wanted to help when they gave the first installment of $9 million to the ECSO. But as those of us who recognize the historical significance of the misappropriation of $1.1 million from the LET Fund by Sheriff Morgan, this money was never meant to go to the deputies. As with all the other money effectively stolen by Morgan, this money is going to be used to bolster the few over the help of the many. Very few of us had anticipated such a move, but leopards do not change their spots and Morgan cannot resist screwing with county money; misappropriation that pays for political capital & favors = embezzlement
Technically, Haines is the one using the money against the deputies. He uses the raises as leverage, eventually, forcing the deputies to relinquish due process rights in their contract with the ECSO. Wow! Causing hardship and only offering relief of that hardship if you sign your life away, sounds fair to me…yeah right!! Deputies vote this week
3. Chip Simmons vs. ECSO Deputies
Chip, well what can I say? Expectations of you being a Morgan Koolaid Drinker is echoing through the halls of ECSO, in the form of the deafening silence.
Chip, when you took the job you have now, anything good I ever heard about you was confirmed to be BS. No person with any integrity would have nothing to do with the shit show that is the ECSO. Deputies have told me on numerous occasions that the damage the Morgan/Haines administration has done to the community will take YEARS to repair. They have eliminated multiple generations of good cops, leaving behind the ones who turn a blind eye to what is happening internally, but not having the balls to speak out because they need a job. Really? Is a job worth your soul? I digress. The ones left are not trying to strengthen bond with citizens, or even with other deputies. Dividing the allegiances of the employees is the way to keep the crew from rising up or together.
Point of this post….Morgan conned the BOCC and embezzled/misappropriated $9 million, just because the deputies choose to keep their rights…amazing.
Chip, the Savior, is doing nothing. Hey Chip, one of the options that has been bantered is how about you boycotting that shit show as way of showing support for the deputies….just don’t come in until the issue of raises is properly handled. Or how about this, you could quit because by staying you ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM. You have 1 or 2 retirements to fall back on….But hey, there’s ABSOLUTELY nothing you can do, right??
The Brady/Giglio List
In the last few weeks, I have become familiar with a list held by all State Attorneys known as the “Brady List” or the “Brady/Giglio List”. The purpose of this list is to be reference for the State Attorney of law enforcement officers who have been PROVEN to be untruth. The State Attorney is bound by law to keep such a list as to not rely on these dishonored officers to be put on the stand in a trial as their documented untruthfulness makes them a liability in front of a judge and jury.
There should be uniform criteria across the states, counties, and cities as to who rises to the level of dishonesty to make this list. However, as with most things in the First Judicial Circuit of Florida there seems to be no outlined criteria, leaving the subjectivity to the law enforcement agency and no quality control to verify the authenticity of this list. So, anyone can be on that list. The following are the lists of current Brady Lists held by the State Attorney Bill Eddins office:
Please notice that in the Escambia County List, particularly, there are not case numbers to justifying the placement of the officers’ names; also the “charges” outlined, in many cases. Ambiguous rationales like “misconduct”, “insubordination”, “improper conduct”, or “moral character”. Those are inexact, subjective terms without any specific connection to perjury or untruthfulness. The letters referenced are to defense attorneys in the area informing on the discredited officers. But the problematic issue is who makes this list and what offenses put an officer on such a list. Is this being used as a weapon to punish out of favor officers? If it is, let the defamation suits begin!!!
You Have Got to be Joking?
There were 2 articles in the news today that caught my attention. The first was :
Governor Rick Scott calls for FBI Director Christopher Wray to resign
Highlights from this article:
“The FBI’s failure to take action against this killer is unacceptable,” Scott, a Republican loyal to Donald Trump, said in a statement. “The FBI has admitted that they were contacted last month by a person who called to inform them of Cruz’s ‘desire to kill people,’ and ‘the potential of him conducting a school shooting.’“Seventeen innocent people are dead and acknowledging a mistake isn’t going to cut it. An apology will never bring these 17 Floridians back to life or comfort the families who are in pain. The families will spend a lifetime wondering how this could happen, and an apology will never give them the answers they desperately need.
“We constantly promote ‘see something, say something,’ and a courageous person did just that to the FBI. And the FBI failed to act. ‘See something, say something’ is an incredibly important tool and people must have confidence in the follow through from law enforcement. The FBI Director needs to resign.”
The second was an opinion piece in today’s Mullet Wrapper:
Editorial: Are local leaders driven by ethics and intentionality?
This is the beginning of the article:
Speaking in Pensacola last week, former Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy offered a specific recipe for civic reform that delivered cultural and economic rebirth to his city. According to Murphy, there were two prerequisites for Pittsburgh’s rise from a dying steel town to a center of economic and cultural growth — “ethics” and “intentionality.”
Murphy made it clear that ethics and transparency were mandatory starting points in the many deals that were made on behalf of the public sector. Without that ethical foundation, any potential plans or partnerships were poisoned from the start.
As we look to creating a stronger city in which to live, invest, grow and prosper, we must ask that hard question of our own public leadership in Pensacola, Escambia and Santa Rosa County: Do you believe we have either?
Where to start?
Let’s just use Rick Scott’s reasoning. He says:
“The FBI’s failure to take action against this killer is unacceptable……We constantly promote ‘see something, say something,’ and a courageous person did just that to the FBI. And the FBI failed to act. ‘See something, say something’ is an incredibly important tool and people must have confidence in the follow through from law enforcement. The FBI Director needs to resign.”
On June 2, 2017, Kevin Robinson of the PNJ wrote: “The sheriff confirmed that Naomi’s mother had been arrested on an outstanding warrant after she called in about her missing daughter.” What isn’t said is that the mother was arrested in lieu of the sheriff actually starting the search for Naomi for another 24 hours. In that time, Naomi was murdered before the ECSO ever started the search.
Based on lack of action taken after law enforcement had the ability to prevent a child dying and didn’t, Morgan should be asked to resign. The parallel fits and Naomi’s mom knows this.
But before this inaction that endangered a child in the community, let’s go back to another case right before this. On Feb. 3, 2017, Billy Boyette killed Peggy Broz in Lillian, Alabama. Mrs. Broz’s car was found along Nine Mile Road in Lillian, AL. Kayla Crocker was killed on Feb. 5th, after traffic cameras caught Boyette and Rice coming out of the woods, DIRECTLY ADJACENT to where Mr. Broz’s car was found. Search and Rescue people deployed to look for Boyette called me to tell me they were upset because they urged Sheriff Morgan to bring in bloodhounds offered by local K9 agencies to thoroughly comb those woods, but Morgan declined the offer, saying the interstate being right there, it would be a waste of time. He felt sure Boyette fled the area. This bit of discernment by the Honorable Sheriff ended up costing Kayla Crocker her life the following day.
These are only 2 instances just in the first 6 months of 2017 that are documented, where was Rick Scott and why didn’t he ask for this man’s resignation?
The second article offered up the question: “And do you believe that our local elected officials surround themselves with the sort of talent that Murphy hired — smart, experienced, ethics-driven people who are capable of brokering good and fair deals on behalf of taxpayers?”
I think Ashton Hayward and David Morgan have both shown their egos and self-interest are their priorities. In December, Hayward fell under fire for appearing in an AirBnB commercial leaving his opponents to point out that AirBnB has been lobbying to prevent regulations on rental properties. This is conflicting an earlier statement Hayward made on camera saying mayors should be in charge of regulating rental properties in their area which is contrary to plight of AirBnB. Intention and ethics are absent in this decision by the fine Mayor.
Morgan’s recent blitzkrieg on the county commission. Using taxpayer money to buy billboards, commercials, and air time for his videos, Morgan opened fired regarding the county budget, particularly giving deputies raises. Everywhere you turned even in movie theaters was Morgan’s face calling citizens to contact their commissioner to tell them to support his agenda. While this is intentional, ethical it is not and it is more self serving than in the best interest of the taxpayers. Morgan has forced good cops out creating a vacuum in the department. Morgan’s solution was to promote more people to admin positions and bloat the budget, causing more deputies to leave He then created internal policies to counter any measure made by the commission. The BOCC offered him a lesser amount to be earmarked for deputies, but within the agency, Morgan has implemented caps on certain officers, thereby denying them the money that the BOCC allotted for them. Intentional, yes. Ethical, no.
So to recap.
Rick Scott called for the resignation of the FBI director for failure to act which allowed for a tragic loss of life. If that is the standard, Scott should ask for Morgan’s resignation. His failure to be a cop cost at least 2 citizens their lives, one being a child, the other being a mother.
Is Escambia County built on a foundation of ethics and intentionality? Hell is it even trying to act with intentionality in accordance to ethical standards? What do you think?
Sheriff Morgan: It’s OK for Deputies & Daughters Get Their Groove On
For a small community, Escambia County has more than its share of sex issues. Recently, 2 EMT’s (Doug & Leah Manning) were charged with sexual assault and child abuse for offering their teenage daughters to sleep with Escambia County Sheriff Deputies. Two men were videotaped with the 16 year old twin girls who were the kids of Leah Manning. The deputies were Walter Thomas & Mark Smith–both 40+ years old– and are only named specifically because of aforementioned video on a cell phone. The disturbing part of this situation is threefold; 1. How many other deputies sexually assaulted these girls who were not necessarily recorded? 2. How many other teenagers in these girls’ clique may be involved? 3. Why isn’t the Sheriff’s Department actually investigating this OR rather why isn’t a less corrupt agency investigating this? Do bad kids usually punish themselves?
I have part of an answer. Despite the fact there could be additional sex offenders with badges slapping cuffs on with one hand and slapping asses with the other or more kids that were molested by the men in green, the Sheriff is playing CYA (Cover Your Ass). Truth be told, the “free love” lifestyle is rampant among the Escambia County Sheriff’s office. Sir David is believed to participate in “free love” as well as Rick Outzen, his puppet, who pulled a major political favor out of Morgan by having his girlfriend given a fictitious job upon Morgan’s election as Sheriff. David Craig, Major, Community Policing Coordinator, Communications Director (depending on the day) was also bestowed a job within the Sheriff’s office as a condition of Morgan’s election.
(Damn, I never noticed but they could be brothers!) Surrounded by people indebted to the him, unwilling to live up to their assumed responsibility as well as deputies acting like gerbils crawling all over each other, Sir David doesn’t want his office to look bad. Who would want all this to come out? Definitely not Outzen—his wife and kids don’t know what kind of kink he has in his step. Certainly not the people who are inservitude to Sir David. Absolutely not the people who are screwing each other as well each others’ children. We could take it to the Chief Deputy who is a man of God, right? Holier than though Haines seems inclined to watch Sodom & Gomorrah burn, while he standing by idly. He sees the sins and the sinners but chooses to do nothing to stand up for his supposed values and God. Praise the Lord and pass the popcorn. Should we turn to FDLE, who composed of ex-deputies with buddies involved? Should we look to federal intervention in a region where a criminal informant is given carte blanche to kill while everyone covers it up? Like that really matters in light of a Sheriff who pronounces a “death sentence” over anybody that comes forward. To clarify, “you will wish you were dead if you speak outside this office”. Justice at work people. Who is next on the victim list? Maybe you? Maybe your children? Don’t let these people walk free in your community. If deputies are so sexually liberated to speak openly about their lifestyle in the workplace, it makes sense that they are prioritizing their pleasure over their responsibility. How many on duty deputies rotated in and out of the Manning house? Last count was 10-15. THIS IS NOT OK. There are reasons for ethical codes for peace officers. They are morally held to a standard that we should all live at. Yet they have the ability to commit the vilest of crimes without word one in the news. C’mon! In the Billings’ case, every detail and piece of evidence was dumped into the public and pictures were released to get press. Where are those cameras now? Why isn’t someone hounding the Sheriff to keep the public apprised of the further investigation in sexual depravity and molestation in his own HOUSE?
Escambia Government Gone Wild!!!
A 94 year old widow is being pushed out of her lifelong home because of a convoluted lawsuit against her son, in an attempt to leverage the 94 year old mother to “turn on” her son. This is being done by a non-county employee working for the county with unfettered discretion and authority. I bring up the non-county part because it is important to know that this man has NO REPERCUSSIONS levied if he does illegal things. He will be severed from the county and responsibilities carried in the umbrella of county ethics. He can be “kited” without any blowback to the State Attorney’s office legally. He’s a rogue agent without the same checks and balances to keep him in place. Yes I am speaking of Russell Edgar who has been practicing law since I was born.
How is this possible? Russ retired years ago. He gets full retirement, no pension, and a full pay check for the same job. He also has more authority, in that he isn’t a State employee technically. Abuse of power is only the beginning of this case.
A decorated Navy vet who has done more for this country than Russ has a widow who will be kicked out of her home as a means of trying to get to her son, in a civil suit blown up into a RICO case unjustly. Who do you complain to? He isn’t a state employee. He is a contracted representative with the full power of the state and acts as an agent of the state but is not bound to any rules that would apply to most assistant state attorneys.
How is this possible? Greed by a rogue agent can abuse the law, unscathed, and it be supported by the state. The umbrella of prosecutorial immunity still applies when the laws surrounding that immunity don’t. WTF???
Escambia is paying double for one job to the same person who did it prior. On top of that, he gets free license to go after anyone without any consequences for bad behavior. I just don’t understand.
Ronald Clark Ball
Mr. Ball’s incarceration marks the point of no return in the crusade to de-throne corruption in Escambia County. Mr. Ball, being an author, a man of prestige & a globally renown lecturer in the understanding of the cyber threat as it relates to National Security, has become the latest name to the list of victims of abuse of power throughout the Escambia County government. Mr. Ball is not the typical victim, because he is not of a lesser demographic; he’s not a minority, nor a socio-economic nobody that is usually the profile of people marginalized by the Escambia corruption machine. People like Pat Gonzalez, or Michelle Clarke are denigrated by the “honorable” elite of the county due to their backgrounds or prior bad acts. People like Philip Nix, Bill Chavers, Gene Valentino, Anita Hemphill, Laura Montoya or the honorable other citizens who are outspoken in the abuses of the county, are said to be suffering from a technical term by Sheriff Morgan known as “sour grapes”. They have been wronged by the county and are labeled as trying to retaliate for their dismissals. That may have basis, if the list of people, who are suffering– allegedly — from “sour grape syndrome” didn’t hit double digits with the exact same complaints, including slander, defamation, civil rights violations, & discrimination.
No Mr. Ball does not suffer from any of the labels previously used by the GOB to discount people. He cannot be seen as I am by Sheriff Morgan, as a lone nut, who spews lies, “a political terrorist”. Mr. Ball has been silenced for a long time but that silence is broken. He cannot be dismissed as the rest of have.
Mr. Ball drafted a pro se motion to dismiss in June that is skillfully written and could be used by any of the above victims against varying agents of the Escambia corruption machine. While his assertions may sound outlandish, I say to you that the actions against him are just that outlandish and bringing them to light is the right thing to do.
As I have said many times, the abuses of Escambia GOB are vast enough to be in violation of RICO (Racketeer Influenced & Corrupt Organization Law). This entails 2 or more felonies committed to further an ongoing criminal enterprise. The justice system in Escambia County is, itself, the criminal enterprise. The felonies are embezzlement, perjury, fraud and the list goes on and on. Morgan arrests people, Eddins & his minions as well as various judiciary perpetuate the wrongful arrest through the court system to the tune of illegal seizures, defamation, and political gain. The real violation is of the honest services clause. According to 2017 Fall edition of American Criminal Law Review, in an article by Alexander Sanyshyn, the honest services criteria is thus:
Elements of the Honest-Services Doctrine
To be convicted under § 1346, an individual must (i) defraud the victim of honest services (ii) by accepting a bribe or kickback. n446
Defraud of Honest Services
Generally, a scheme to defraud of honest services takes place in a fiduciary or employer-employee relationship. n447 Such a fiduciary relationship is often present when one manages money for another’s benefit. n448 It may also be present when a voluntary trade association n449 or charitable and nonprofit organization is involved. n450 The employer-employee relationships that may give rise to an honest-services claim range from a shareholder-management relationship n451 to a government employee-private citizen relationship. n452 However, the duties owed by a public official and a private individual differ. n453
[*1725] The fraud need not be directly accomplished by the defendant–the defendant need only to have caused fraud to be committed. n454 However, the defendant must be aware of, or participate in, the fraud committed by the third party. n455
This lays out the basis for many public corruption cases. The use of public power for private gain is the biggest risk associated with people in power. The various prongs of corruption, quid pro quo corruption, undue influence in inequality corruption, misuse and abuse of power are all used to further the criminal enterprise that operates as the criminal justice & legal system in Escambia County. There is no justice to had in the system in Pensacola. No one is above the law and while that hasn’t been apparent to most people except those churned out by the system in my hometown, Mr. Ball’s case added to the 7 people in the Billings Case, specifically prove a pattern of behavior that spans over many years & many cases. The totality of injustice is astronomical in Escambia County.
Ron Clark Ball is going to the catalyst case that shines a light on the stuff Willie Junior was killed covering up. Get your popcorn, kids. The show is beginning.
I told Morgan that when he saw me coming, that hell was coming with me. He should be feeling the heat, because I am at his door.
The First Domino Falls
To my great shock, the BOCC denied the increased millage which Sir David tried to shove down their throats. The most amazing thing is how verbally they expressed their contempt for the Sheriff’s tactics. Each of them, except for Underling, spoke to the press push that Morgan tried to use to get his way. Underhill was the lone dissident vote, not surprisingly.
The issue here is not the raises for deputies; the issue is why Morgan hasn’t made it a priority. In April alone, Morgan gave away $35K to Underhill’s pet projects. Assuming the starting salary of $35K, Morgan could have used the money he gave away to fund the Sheriff’s portion of 2 SRO’s–not to mention $5K to Pensacola Opera, $20K to PACE Center for Girls, $20K for Panhandle Charitable Open. That’s another $45K that could go to 2 1/2 more SRO’s salaries. While no one is saying these charities aren’t worthy (the opera is questionable), Morgan is spending money on all these things INSTEAD OF SRO’S.
The most ironic part is the article I found that Sir David wrote:
The pre-elected Morgan seems much more honorable and reasonable than the drastic contrast of the 3 term sheriff. It is funny when I was talking to people about what was going on in the county, I used the word “corruption” and I was told, “No, I wouldn’t say corruption; it is just the ‘good ole boy system'”. By not using the word, it was like it was somewhat better than what it is. It is power that corrupts and we see this demonstrated in front of us with this article from several years ago and the issues of today. The budget has always been a point of contention for the Sheriff’s office and BOCC. But the tactics of this Sheriff are sophomoric and not in good faith. Good faith isn’t a concept 3-term Morgan knows at all.